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The Resource The invisible line : three American families and the secret journey from Black to white, Daniel J. Sharfstein

The invisible line : three American families and the secret journey from Black to white, Daniel J. Sharfstein

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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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Subject
Genre
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
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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Writing style
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2011.
  • J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, 2012.
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380196
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
305.800973
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
  • genealogical tables
Index
index present
LC call number
E184.A1
LC item number
S5724 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Target audience
adult
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three American families and the secret journey from Black to white
Label
The invisible line : three American families and the secret journey from Black to white, Daniel J. Sharfstein
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-383) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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 : September 1858, Oberlin, Ohio -- Civil War : Wall, Gibson, and Spencer -- Civil War : Wall & Gibson -- Gibson : February 2, 1866 -- 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, New Orleans, and Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1888-92 -- Wall : Washington, D.C., 1890-91 -- Spencer : Jordan Gap, Spring 1900 -- Wall : Washington, D.C., 1909 -- Spencer : Home Creek, Buchanan County, Virginia 1912 -- Gibson : Paris, 1931 -- Wall : Freeport, Long Island, 1946
Control code
18873440
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 396 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781594202827
Lccn
2010029647
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, genealogical tables
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn650210744
  • (OCoLC)650210744
Label
The invisible line : three American families and the secret journey from Black to white, Daniel J. Sharfstein
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [337]-383) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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 : September 1858, Oberlin, Ohio -- Civil War : Wall, Gibson, and Spencer -- Civil War : Wall & Gibson -- Gibson : February 2, 1866 -- 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, New Orleans, and Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1888-92 -- Wall : Washington, D.C., 1890-91 -- Spencer : Jordan Gap, Spring 1900 -- Wall : Washington, D.C., 1909 -- Spencer : Home Creek, Buchanan County, Virginia 1912 -- Gibson : Paris, 1931 -- Wall : Freeport, Long Island, 1946
Control code
18873440
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
x, 396 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781594202827
Lccn
2010029647
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, genealogical tables
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn650210744
  • (OCoLC)650210744

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