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The Story We Tell
Race: the Power of an Illusion Series

Year

2003

Producer

California Newsreel

Country of Origin

United States

Duration

00:57:00

Product Code

CAL03002000

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Hasn't race always been with us? Ancient people stigmatized 'others' based on language, custom and religion, but not physical differences. This episode traces the rare concept to the European conquest of the Americans, including the development of the first labour system where all slaves shared a physical trait: dark skin. Ironically, it wasn't until slavery was challenged on moral grounds that early prejudices - emboldened by the need to defend slavery in a nation that professed a deep belief in freedom - crystallized into a full-blown ideology of white superiority. By the mid-19th century, race had become the 'commonsense- wisdom' of white America, explaining everything from individual behaviour to the fate of societies. The Story We Tell reveals how social inequalities came to be disguised as 'natural.'

Key Product Data

Production Year
2003

Duration
00:57:00

Producer
California Newsreel

Country Of Origin
United States

Level
Middle Secondary to Professional

Product Code
CAL03002000