The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy
First edition, 1920
|Subject||Geopolitics, racial theory|
|Publisher||Charles Scribner's Sons|
|Pages||320 (1st edition)|
|LC Class||HT1521 .S7|
The Rising Tide of Color: The Threat Against White World-Supremacy (1920), later republished in other titles, like The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy, is a book about geopolitics and racialism by Lothrop Stoddard, with an introduction by Madison Grant. The book describes the collapse of white supremacy and colonialism due to population growth among non-white people, rising nationalism in colonized nations, and industrialization in China and Japan. Stoddard advocated restricting non-white migration into white nations, restricting Asian migration to Africa and Latin America and slowly giving Middle Eastern and Asian colonies independence. A noted eugenicist, Stoddard supports a separation of the "primary races" of the world and warns against miscegenation.
Release and reception
The Rising Tide sold well and the The New York Times published a positive editorial on the work. In 1921, President Warren Harding used the book to support his pro-segregation views in a speech to an audience of over one-hundred thousand in Birmingham, Alabama: "Whoever will take the time to read and ponder Mr. Lothrop Stoddard’s book on The Rising Tide of Color . . . must realize that our race problem here in the United States is only a phase of a race issue that the whole world confronts."
In popular culture
The book is referenced in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby (1925), in which antagonist Tom Buchanan approves of a fictional book titled "The Rise of the Colored Empires" written by a man named Goddard.
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