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The Resource The Invisible Line

The Invisible Line

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The Invisible Line
Title
The Invisible Line
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"The Invisible Line" shines light on one of the most important, but too often hidden, aspects of American history and culture. Sharfstein's narrative of three families negotiating America's punishing racial terrain is a must read for all who are interested in the construction of race in the United States." —Annette Gordon-Reed, Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello 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 sweeping history, Daniel J. Sharfstein unravels the stories of three families who represent the complexity of race in America and 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 U.S. 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, these 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. Cutting through centuries of myth, amnesia, and poisonous racial politics, The Invisible Line will change the way we talk about race, racism, and civil rights
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Sharfstein, Daniel J
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dictionaries
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  • History
  • Nonfiction
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The Invisible Line
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OVERDRIVE:bdc87896-68bb-4c23-87db-bf2842dec5c4
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4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
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electronic
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Isbn
9781101475805
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optical disk
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The Invisible Line
Publication
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OVERDRIVE:bdc87896-68bb-4c23-87db-bf2842dec5c4
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781101475805
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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    Montello Public Library 128 Lake Court, Montello, WI, 53949, US
    43.7922421 -89.3311165
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