The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy

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The Rising Tide of Color: The Threat Against White World-Supremacy, published in 1920 by Lothrop Stoddard, is a book written from a eugenic viewpoint and makes a prediction that the world will be overcome by people of color.

The book has remained popular among White supremacist and White nationalism groups.


A map of Stoddard's view of race distribution

Stoddard examined the races of the world and separated them, including a separation among the whites which he divided into three groups: Nordic, Alpine, and Mediterranean. In his view the Nordic whites were the best of the three. Common among white supremacist thought, Stoddard's book contains a strain of Anti-Semitism.[1] (Stoddard believed Jews to be among the "undesirable" whites.)


Stoddard, who was a member of the board of the American Birth Control League at the time of the publication, received a favorable review of his book from the Birth Control Review:[2]

Dr. Stoddard is an American, a graduate of Harvard and a citizen of New York, and like many Americans, aware that they have to attract the attention of a vast hustling audience absorbed in its activities over an enormous area, he is inclined to address it through a megaphone, in the strong, simple, emphatic language that that instrument demands. His message has thus to be a little discounted, but even when that allowance is made it remains a message it concerns us to hear, and it is delivered with force and knowledge. It is well to remember that his conclusions are, after all, fundamentally in harmony with those of sober and judicial observers in Europe, it is enough to mention Professor Demangeon's recent book Le Declin de l'Europe.[3]

Birth Control Review and the American Birth Control League were both founded by Margaret Sanger, and Stoddard was a close personal friend of Sanger.[4][5][6]

Influence on Fascism

Stoddard's book, along with the book The Decline of the West by Oswald Spengler and Madison Grant's book The Passing of the Great Race, were highly influential among European Fascists.[7][8]

In media

In both the book and the movie[9] The Great Gatsby, the story's antagonist Tom Buchanan mentions the ideas in the book favorably, as noble and scientific.


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