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The Battle Over Racial Identity in Popular and Legal Cultures, 1810–1860

Stephen Middleton

in The Construction of Whiteness: An Interdisciplinary Analysis of Race Formation and the Meaning of a White Identity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781496805553
eISBN:
9781496805591
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496805553.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter challenges the view of legal historians that the “one-drop rule” did not exist before the early twentieth century. It argues that the one-drop rule was enforced in white culture and ... More


Multiracial Americans throughout the history of the US

Tyrone Nagai

in Race Policy and Multiracial Americans

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781447316459
eISBN:
9781447316480
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:
10.1332/policypress/9781447316459.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter describes how a dominant ideology concerning racial mixing developed in the U.S. beginning in the colonial period and accelerated with the founding of the nation. This ideology, based on ... More


Intertextual Geographies of Migration and Biracial Identity: Light in August and Nella Larsen’s Quicksand

Martyn Bone

in Faulkner and Formalism: Returns of the Text

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617032561
eISBN:
9781617032578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617032561.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter examines the notion of context by comparing William Faulkner’s novel Light in August (1932) with Nella Larsen’s Quicksand (1928), and argues that the two authors have more in common than ... More


The Dilemma of Racial Identity

Kathleen M. German

in Promises of Citizenship: Film Recruitment of African Americans in World War II

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496812353
eISBN:
9781496812391
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496812353.003.0002
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter explores the historical problems of understanding and dividing society along racial lines. In some ways, World War II was a race war as both Allies and Axis enforced forms of racial ... More


Exclusive Categories: Historical Formation of Racial Classification in the United States

Natalie Masuoka

in Multiracial Identity and Racial Politics in the United States

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
July 2017
ISBN:
9780190657468
eISBN:
9780190690687
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190657468.003.0002
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter presents a historical analysis that traces changes in American norms concerning race over time. In particular, it highlights the cultural shift from perceiving race as a form of assigned ... More


The Free State of Jones Revisited: Davis Knight’s Miscegenation Trial

Victoria E. Bynum

in "The Free State of Jones, Movie Edition": Mississippi's Longest Civil War

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9781469627052
eISBN:
9781469628011
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627052.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: Civil War

This chapter returns to the 1948 miscegenation trial of Newt and Rachel’s great-grandson, Davis Knight, outlined in the book’s Introduction. Utilizing the trial’s 150 page transcript, the epilogue ... More


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