The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy

The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy
Dust jacket, first edition of The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy.jpg
First edition, 1920
AuthorLothrop Stoddard
CountryUnited States
SubjectGeopolitics, racial theory
PublisherCharles Scribner's Sons
Publication date
Media typePrint
Pages320 (1st edition)
LC ClassHT1521 .S7
Lothrop Stoddard's analyses of the world's "primary races" White, Yellow, Black, Brown, and Amerindian, and their interactions.

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 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."

Conversely, "Father of American Anthropology" Franz Boas was negative towards the work and Stoddard was called "the high priest of racial baloney" by African-American newspapers.[1]