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This tripartite color scheme also allows for a degree of social mobility among people of color. ’”16 As a result, the racial system of Latin America and the Caribbean has tended to reXect class divisions as much as physical features or ancestry. The dominant race is white and the most degraded race is Black, but who belongs to which group is determined by money, education, and appearance, not color caste. Racial orders vary according to material conditions. For this reason, no universal deWnition of race is possible.
13 Further, racial orders have varied signiWcantly within modernity. Race in the United States differs from race in Europe because the origins of each system are different, as are the uses toward which race is put. This is true even though both systems are based on white dominance and Black subordination. The European concept of race grew out of colonialism. As Hannah Arendt notes, European racism has served as a bridge connecting nationalism and imperialism, two ideologies that are otherwise internally contradictory.
24 The signiWcance of Reconstruction is that for a brief moment, an “eternal second,” the interests of capitalists and proletarians converged. Northern capitalists’ intention was to hold power through the Republican Party. But the unintended consequences of their association with Southern labor, Du Bois argues, were nothing short of revolutionary. Immediately the Republican Party became a proletarian party in the South. The Republican government enfranchised millions of Black and white workers, defended their civil rights, encouraged the freedmen to accumulate savings through the Freedman’s Bank, drafted and enforced fair labor contracts through the Freedman’s Bureau, and educated a largely illiterate people.