A Chosen Exile
A History of Racial Passing in American LifeBook - 2014
t was a chosen exile, a separation from one racial identity and the leap into another. To pass as white in the antebellum South was to escape the shackles of slavery. When the initially hopeful period of Reconstruction proved short-lived, passing became an opportunity to defy Jim Crow and strike out on one's own. Hobbs explores the possibilities and challenges that racial indeterminacy presented to men and women living in a country obsessed with racial distinctions. It is also a tale of grief, loneliness, and isolation that often accompanied the rewards.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2014.
Branch Call Number: 305.80097/HOBBS
Characteristics: 382 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm