A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life by Allyson Hobbs
Countless African Americans have passed as white, leaving behind families and friends, roots and communities. It was, as Allyson Hobbs writes, a chosen exile. This history of passing explores the possibilities, challenges, and losses that racial indeterminacy presented to men and women living in a country obsessed with racial distinctions.
Allyson Hobbs is Assistant Professor of History at Stanford University.
Table of Contents
Contents Prologue: To Live a Life Elsewhere Chapter 1. White Is the Color of Freedom Chapter 2. Waiting on a White Man’s Chance Chapter 3. Lost Kin Chapter 4. Searching for a New Soul in Harlem Chapter 5. Coming Home Epilogue: On Identity Notes Acknowledgments Index
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Well written book on a sensitive subject that is virtually unknown to many people. It opened my eyes to the various facets of "passing" and how it affected all of the people involved throughout history.
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