New People: Miscegenation and Mulattoes in the United States

Overview

New People is an insightful analysis of the miscegenation of American whites and blacks from colonial times to the present, of the "new people" produced by these interracial relationships, and of the myriad ways miscegenation has affected our national culture. Because the majority of American blacks are of mixed ancestry, and because mulattoes and pure blacks ultimately combined their cultural heritages, what begins in the colonial period as mulatto history and culture ends in the twentieth century as black ...
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Overview

New People is an insightful analysis of the miscegenation of American whites and blacks from colonial times to the present, of the "new people" produced by these interracial relationships, and of the myriad ways miscegenation has affected our national culture. Because the majority of American blacks are of mixed ancestry, and because mulattoes and pure blacks ultimately combined their cultural heritages, what begins in the colonial period as mulatto history and culture ends in the twentieth century as black history and culture. Thus, exploring the history of the mulatto becomes one way of understanding something of the experience of the African American. Williamson traces the fragile lines of color and caste that have separated mulattoes, blacks, and whites throughout history and speculates on the effect that the increasing ambiguity of those lines will have on the future of American society.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807120354
  • Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1995
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,146,599
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Williamson is Lineberger Professor in the Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of several books, including After Slavery: The Negro In South Carolina During Reconstruction, 1861--1877; The Crucible of Race: Black-White Relations in the American South Since Emancipation; and William Faulkner and Southern History.

LSU Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Ch. I Genesis 5
Ch. II Changeover, 1850-1915 61
Ch. III Brown America 111
Ch. IV Harlem and After 141
Epilogue: Today and Tomorrow 187
Notes 197
Index 215
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