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Author Hobbs, Allyson Vanessa.

Title A chosen exile : a history of racial passing in American life / Allyson Hobbs.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
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 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  305.8 HOB    AVAILABLE
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Description 382 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: To live a life elsewhere -- White is the color of freedom -- Waiting on a white man's chance -- Lost kin -- Searching for a new soul in Harlem -- Coming home -- Epilogue: On identity.
Summary 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.
Subject African Americans -- Race identity -- History.
Passing (Identity) -- History.
Racially mixed people -- History.
Exiles -- History.
United States -- Race relations -- History.
ISBN 9780674368101 (alkaline paper)
067436810X (alkaline paper)
Standard No. 2014008725
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