From Black To Biracial

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Overview

Is a person with both a white and African American parent black? Thirty years ago in American society the answer would have been yes. Today, the answer most likely depends on whom you ask. According to the U.S. Census, a person with both a black and a white parent is, in fact, black. However, most young persons who fit this description describe themselves as biracial, both black and white. Most young Americans, whatever their racial background, agree. Since the Voting Rights Act of 1965 signaled the culmination of the Civil Rights Movement, a transformation has occurred in the racial self-definition of Americans with both an African American and a white parent. This book describes the transformation and explains why it has occurred and how it has come about. Through extensive research and dozens of interviews, Korgen describes how the transformation has its roots in the historical and cultural transitions in U.S. society since the Civil Rights era. A ground breaking book, From Black to Biracial will help all Americans understand the societal implications of the increasingly multiracial nature of our population. From affirmative action to the present controversy over the U.S. Census 2000, the repercussions of the transformation in racial identity related here affect all race-based aspects of our society. Students and faculty in sociology and multicultural studies, business leaders, and general readers alike will benefit from reading this work.

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Korgen (sociology, Drury College) examines the racial identity of black/white biracial Americans, exploring the history of the subject from 1776, differing perspectives of those who grew up before and after the civil rights movement, the historical, social and cultural influences on the transformation of perceiving an individual as biracial instead of black, biracial college students and dating, marginalization of biracial Americans, and public policy implications. She includes notes on her methods and anecdotal material about the difficulty of finding interviewees. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275967444
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1999
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,019,010
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHLEEN ODELL KORGEN is Assistant Professor of Sociology at William Paterson University of Wayne, New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Transformation of Racial Identity 1
1 Biracial Americans: White, Black, Both, Neither 9
2 "Black by Definition" or "The Best of Both Worlds?" 25
3 The Transformation: From Black to Biracial 39
4 Turning Points: Biracial College Students and Dating 57
5 Marginality and the Biracial American 69
6 Identities and Transformation 81
7 Public Policy Implications 97
App.: Notes on Methodology 121
Bibliography 133
Index 139
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