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The Resource The invisible line : three American families and the secret journey from black to white, Daniel J. Sharfstein, (electronic resource eBook)

The invisible line : three American families and the secret journey from black to white, Daniel J. Sharfstein, (electronic resource eBook)

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The invisible line : three American families and the secret journey from black to white
Title
The invisible line
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three American families and the secret journey from black to white
Statement of responsibility
Daniel J. Sharfstein
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Language
eng
Summary
  • This work is a multigenerational saga of three American families crossing the racial divide. In America, race is a riddle. The stories we tell about our past have calcified into the fiction that we are neatly divided into black or white. It is only with the widespread availability of DNA testing and the boom in genealogical research that the frequency with which individuals and entire families crossed the color line has become clear. In this history, the author unravels the stories of three extraordinary families from different eras of American history to represent the complexity of race in America and to force us to rethink our basic assumptions about who we are. The Gibsons were wealthy landowners in the South Carolina backcountry who became white in the 1760s, ascending to the heights of the Southern elite and, ultimately, to the United States Senate. The Spencers were hardscrabble farmers in the hills of eastern Kentucky, joining an isolated Appalachian community in the 1840s and for the better part of a century hovering on the line between white and black. The Walls were fixtures of the rising black middle class in post-Civil War Washington, D.C., only to give up everything they had fought for to become white at the dawn of the twentieth century. Together, their interwoven and intersecting stories uncover a forgotten America in which the rules of race were something to be believed, but not necessarily obeyed. Defining their identities first as people of color and later as whites, the families provide a lens for understanding how people thought about and experienced race and how these ideas and experiences evolved, how the very meaning of black and white changed over time. This work cuts through centuries of myth and amnesia and poisonous racial politics and change how we talk about race, racism, and civil rights
  • One of the nation's most accomplished historians unravels the stories of three extraordinary families from different eras in American history to represent the complexity of race in America, and to force readers to rethink assumptions about race, racism, and civil rights
Summary
Defining their identities first as people of color and later as whites, three American families provide a lens for understanding how people thought about and experienced race and how these ideas and experiences evolved--how the definitions of black and white changed over time
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Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2011.
  • J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, 2012.
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380196
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Sharfstein, Daniel J
Dewey number
305.800973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E184.A1
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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OverDrive, Inc
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  • Gibson family
  • Spencer family
  • Walls family
  • Racially mixed people
  • Miscegenation
  • Passing (Identity)
  • Race
  • Race awareness
  • United States
Target audience
adult
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three American families and the secret journey from Black to white
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The invisible line : three American families and the secret journey from black to white, Daniel J. Sharfstein, (electronic resource eBook)
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http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=210&titleID=584996
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-383) and index
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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rdacontent
Contents
The house behind the cedars -- Gibson: Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1768 -- Wall: Rockingham, North Carolina, 1838 -- Spencer: Clay County, Kentucky, 1848 -- Gibson: New Haven, Connecticut, 1850-55 -- Spencer: Jordan Gap, Johnson County, Kentucky, 1855 -- Wall: Oberlin, Ohio, September 1858 -- Civil War: Wall, Gibson, and Spencer, 1859-63 -- Civil War: Wall and Gibson, 1963-66 -- Gibson: Mississippi, New Orleans, and New York, 1866-68 -- Wall: Washington, D.C., June 14, 1871 -- Spencer: Jordan Gap, Johnson County, Kentucky, 1870s -- Gibson: Washington, D.C., 1878 -- Wall: Washington, D.C., January 21, 1880 -- Gibson: Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1888-92 -- Wall: Washington, D.C., 1890-91 -- Spencer: Jordan Gap, Johnson County, Kentucky, ca. 1900 -- Wall: Washington, D.C., 1909 -- Spencer: Home Creek, Buchanan County, Virginia 1912 -- Gibson: Paris and Chicago, 1931-33 -- Wall: Freeport, Long Island, 1946
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unknown
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1 online resource.
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9781101475805
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • bc
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bdc87896-68bb-4c23-87db-bf2842dec5c4
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remote
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  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
  • Format: Kindle Book
  • Format: OverDrive Read
  • Requires Adobe Digital Editions or Amazon Kindle
Label
The invisible line : three American families and the secret journey from black to white, Daniel J. Sharfstein, (electronic resource eBook)
Link
http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=210&titleID=584996
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-383) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The house behind the cedars -- Gibson: Mars Bluff, South Carolina, 1768 -- Wall: Rockingham, North Carolina, 1838 -- Spencer: Clay County, Kentucky, 1848 -- Gibson: New Haven, Connecticut, 1850-55 -- Spencer: Jordan Gap, Johnson County, Kentucky, 1855 -- Wall: Oberlin, Ohio, September 1858 -- Civil War: Wall, Gibson, and Spencer, 1859-63 -- Civil War: Wall and Gibson, 1963-66 -- Gibson: Mississippi, New Orleans, and New York, 1866-68 -- Wall: Washington, D.C., June 14, 1871 -- Spencer: Jordan Gap, Johnson County, Kentucky, 1870s -- Gibson: Washington, D.C., 1878 -- Wall: Washington, D.C., January 21, 1880 -- Gibson: Washington, D.C., New Orleans, and Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1888-92 -- Wall: Washington, D.C., 1890-91 -- Spencer: Jordan Gap, Johnson County, Kentucky, ca. 1900 -- Wall: Washington, D.C., 1909 -- Spencer: Home Creek, Buchanan County, Virginia 1912 -- Gibson: Paris and Chicago, 1931-33 -- Wall: Freeport, Long Island, 1946
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781101475805
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • bc
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
bdc87896-68bb-4c23-87db-bf2842dec5c4
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System details
  • Mode of access: World Wide Web
  • Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
  • Format: Kindle Book
  • Format: OverDrive Read
  • Requires Adobe Digital Editions or Amazon Kindle

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