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The invisible line

Daniel J. Sharfstein

The invisible line

three American families and the secret journey from black to white

by Daniel J. Sharfstein

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  • 32 Currently reading

Published by Penguin Press in New York .
Written in English

  • Passing (Identity),
  • Miscegenation,
  • Race identity,
  • Racially mixed people,
  • Race relations,
  • Race awareness,
  • Race,
  • Case studies

  • About the Edition

    This work is a multigenerational saga of three American families crossing the racial divide. In America, race is a riddle. The stories we tell about our past have calcified into the fiction that we are neatly divided into black or white. It is only with the widespread availability of DNA testing and the boom in genealogical research that the frequency with which individuals and entire families crossed the color line has become clear. In this history, the author unravels the stories of three extraordinary families from different eras of American history to represent the complexity of race in America and to force us to rethink our basic assumptions about who we are. The Gibsons were wealthy landowners in the South Carolina backcountry who became white in the 1760s, ascending to the heights of the Southern elite and, ultimately, to the United States Senate. The Spencers were hardscrabble farmers in the hills of eastern Kentucky, joining an isolated Appalachian community in the 1840s and for the better part of a century hovering on the line between white and black. The Walls were fixtures of the rising black middle class in post-Civil War Washington, D.C., only to give up everything they had fought for to become white at the dawn of the twentieth century. Together, their interwoven and intersecting stories uncover a forgotten America in which the rules of race were something to be believed, but not necessarily obeyed. Defining their identities first as people of color and later as whites, the families provide a lens for understanding how people thought about and experienced race and how these ideas and experiences evolved, how the very meaning of black and white changed over time. This work cuts through centuries of myth and amnesia and poisonous racial politics and change how we talk about race, racism, and civil rights.

    Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographical references (p. [337]-383) and index.

    StatementDaniel J. Sharfstein
    LC ClassificationsE184.A1 S5724 2011
    The Physical Object
    Paginationx, 396 p., [16] p. of plates
    Number of Pages396
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL26887670M
    ISBN 101594202826
    ISBN 109781594202827
    LC Control Number2010029647

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