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Roxann Wheeler, Ohio State University

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Anti-race, 1550–1760, Roxann Wheeler

Several new phrases emerged in English print culture 1550–1580 to signify one race, created by God, descended from Adam and Eve; while this was the predominant definition of race at this time, and therefore anti-race in conceptualization, other new usages of race tended in the opposite direction, finding races everywhere in the human, animal, vegetable, and even divine worlds as well as also reserving race for the bloodlines of rulers and other nobles. All of these tendencies suggest that racial formation 1550–1760 is more variable, more quotidian, than much scholarship has suggested.