Historical studies of white racial thought have focused on white ideas about the Negroes . Bay's study examines the reverse - black ideas about whites, and, consequently, black understandings of race and racial categories. Bay examines African-American ideas about white racial character and destiny in the 19th and early 20th centuries. In examining black racial thought, this work also explores the extent to which black Americans accepted or rejected 19th-century tions about innate racial characteristics.
Mia Bay is Assistant Professor of History and Co-Director of the Center for Historical Analysis at Rutgers University.