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The Problem of the Twenty-first Century Is the Problem of the Color Line as It Intersects the Nativity Line

Kenneth Prewitt

in What Is "Your" Race?: The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157030
eISBN:
9781400846795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157030.003.0009
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter argues that the center of gravity is shifting because of an intricate interplay between America's color line and its nativity line. It uses the color line concept to ask whether America ... More


In the Spirit of Niagara

Gary Dorrien

in The New Abolition: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Black Social Gospel

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300205602
eISBN:
9780300216332
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300205602.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

The civil rights movement began in 1884 with a call for what became the National Afro-American League; it had a brilliant movement of hope in the Niagara Movement of 1905 to 1909; it entered a second ... More


The Color Line

Shawn Leigh Alexander

in T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator: A Collection of Writings, 1880-1928

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813032320
eISBN:
9780813039084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813032320.003.0024
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter presents the editorial, “ The Color Line,” where the young Fortune responded forcefully to the New York Sun's critical comments about the way in which the African American community ... More


Garnet’s Dictum, the Color Line, and Mixed Race: Notes on Hybridity and Miscegenation

Michael Hanchard

in Party/Politics: Horizons in Black Political Thought

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195176247
eISBN:
9780199851003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195176247.003.0007
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter uses part of a speech by the famous orator and abolitionist, Henry Highland Garnet, to examine some of the similarities between late 19th- and early 20th-century ideologies of racial ... More


What Is "Your" Race?: The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans

Kenneth Prewitt

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157030
eISBN:
9781400846795
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157030.001.0001
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

America is preoccupied with race statistics—perhaps more than any other nation. Do these statistics illuminate social reality and produce coherent social policy, or cloud that reality and confuse ... More


The Jewish Contribution to Ending Jim Crow Baseball

Rebecca T. Alpert

in Out of Left Field: Jews and Black Baseball

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195399004
eISBN:
9780199897360
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195399004.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter chronicles the long history of activism that made it possible for Jackie Robinson to break baseball's color line. Sportswriters for more than a dozen African American newspapers led the ... More


How Many White Races Are There?

Kenneth Prewitt

in What Is "Your" Race?: The Census and Our Flawed Efforts to Classify Americans

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157030
eISBN:
9781400846795
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157030.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter looks at how America continually readjusted its color line when the economy's need for workers resulted in immigration-driven population growth but the polity required a monopoly of ... More


To Render Invisible: Jim Crow and Public Life in New South Jacksonville

Robert Cassanello

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780813044194
eISBN:
9780813046495
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813044194.001.0001
Subject:
History, African-American History

At the end of the Civil War, black men in Jacksonville were ushered into public life through the support of the Republican Party. As the black vote became independent, conservative whites recast ... More


Colored Championship and Color Lines

Louis Moore

in I Fight for a Living: Boxing and the Battle for Black Manhood, 1880-1915

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780252041341
eISBN:
9780252099946
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041341.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Sport and Leisure

The color line in boxing indicated who had and did not have racial privileges. In 1882, when John L. Sullivan won the heavyweight championship, he knew enough about race, power, and privilege to ... More


Partly Colored: Asian Americans and Racial Anomaly in the Segregated South

Leslie Bow

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791325
eISBN:
9780814739129
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791325.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Arkansas, 1943. The Deep South during the heart of Jim Crow-era segregation. A Japanese-American person boards a bus, and immediately is faced with a dilemma. Not white. Not black. Where to sit? By ... More


The Problem of the Color Line at the Turn of the Twentieth Century: The Essential Early Essays

W.E.B. Du Bois

Nahum Dimitri Chandler (ed.)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823254545
eISBN:
9780823260843
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823254545.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, American Philosophy

This volume assembles essential essays by W. E. B. Du Bois from 1894 to early 1906. These show the first formulations of some of his most famous ideas, namely, “the veil,” “double-consciousness,” and ... More


Wedded to Race: Charles Chesnutt’s

Tess Chakkalakal

in Novel Bondage: Slavery, Marriage, and Freedom in Nineteenth-Century America

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252036330
eISBN:
9780252093388
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252036330.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter focuses on Charles Chesnutt's postslavery fiction and criticism that, in some respects, might be read as offering one of the most effective counterarguments to Harper's view of marriage ... More


Only the Ball Was White: A History of Legendary Black Players and All-Black Professional Teams

Robert Peterson

Published in print:
1992
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195076370
eISBN:
9780199853786
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195076370.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Early in the 1920s, the New York Giants sent a scout to watch a young Cuban play for Foster's American Giants, a baseball club in the Negro Leagues. The scout liked what he saw, but was disappointed ... More


The Latest Color Line

Shawn Leigh Alexander

in T. Thomas Fortune, the Afro-American Agitator: A Collection of Writings, 1880-1928

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813032320
eISBN:
9780813039084
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813032320.003.0027
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter presents the essay, “ The Latest Color Line,” published both in the New York Sun and the Liberia Bulletin, where Fortune takes issue with those who seem, according to him, to be ... More


Shadowing the White Man's Burden: U.S. Imperialism and the Problem of the Color Line

Gretchen Murphy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814795989
eISBN:
9780814759592
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814795989.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Media Studies

During the height of 19th-century imperialism, Rudyard Kipling published his famous poem “The White Man's Burden.” While some of his American readers argued that the poem served as justification for ... More


The Color of Music

Sara Le Menestrel

in Negotiating Difference in French Louisiana Music: Categories, Stereotypes, and Identifications

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9781628461459
eISBN:
9781626740785
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781628461459.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

This chapter seeks to demonstrate how music categories, tastes, and representations are ingrained in the racial imagination. It situates musical forms and conventions across the color line and ... More


Reading for Independence: The Figure of Ethiopia and the New Africa

Roy Kay

in The Ethiopian Prophecy in Black American Letters

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780813037325
eISBN:
9780813041582
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813037325.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter focuses on the role figural readings of Psalm 68:31 play in articulating discourses of African nationalism, Pan-Africanism, Afro-Asiatic mythologies, and African independence. It maps ... More


The “Peculiar Cast”: Navigating the American Color Line in the Era of Chinese Exclusion

Emma Jinhua Teng

in Eurasian: "Mixed Identities in the United States, China, and Hong Kong, 1842-1943"

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520276260
eISBN:
9780520957008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520276260.003.0013
Subject:
History, Asian History

Chapter 6 uses the works of Edith Eaton/Siu Sin Far and others to examine specific examples of how individual Chinese Eurasians in North America navigated the color line and the strictures of Chinese ... More


Outside the Bonds of Matrimony

Kenneth R. Aslakson

in Making Race in the Courtroom: The Legal Construction of Three Races in Early New Orleans

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814724316
eISBN:
9780814724972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814724316.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter highlights the significance of domestic law in shaping racial identity, as well as its limitations in regulating behavior. For instance, the laws of the Territory of Orleans and the ... More


4 Outside the Bonds of Matrimony

Kenneth R. Aslakson

in Making Race in the Courtroom: The Legal Construction of Three Races in Early New Orleans

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814724316
eISBN:
9780814724972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814724316.003.0005
Subject:
Law, Legal History

This chapter highlights the significance of domestic law in shaping racial identity, as well as its limitations in regulating behavior. For instance, the laws of the Territory of Orleans and the ... More


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