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Blurring the Lines of Race and Freedom Mulattoes and Mixed Bloods in English Colonial America

Title
Blurring the Lines of Race and Freedom Mulattoes and Mixed Bloods in English Colonial America / A.B. Wilkinson.
ISBN
1469659018
9781469659015
9781469658988
9781469658995
Publication
Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
Manufacture
Baltimore, Md. : Project MUSE, 2020
Copyright Notice Date
©2020.
Physical Description
1 online resource
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Summary
"Using archival records from the colonies where intermixture was most common in North America, and records from English colonies in the Caribbean, Wilkinson is able to follow the stories of those identified as 'mixed blood,' highlighting those people caught between monoracial categories. Wilkinson shows how the position of 'mixed people' complicated colonial systems of servitude and slavery, and that the struggle for freedom by people of blended ancestry and their families prevented colonial elites from firmly establishing a concrete socioracial order. He argues that there is a better framework than the one-drop rule for understanding early mixed-race ideologies in the English colonies. He uses the term hypodescent, indicating how a person of mixed ethnoracial ancestry is often associated with their socially inferior lineage, yet their legal or socioracial status may be elevated based on their proximity to European heritage or racial whiteness. This book combines intellectual, social, and cultural history to show how the complicated socioracial order in the colonies never fit neatly with a legal status of either bound or free"-- Provided by publisher.
Variant and related titles
Project MUSE - 2020 Complete
Project MUSE - 2020 History
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
August 26, 2020
Series
John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture.
UPCC book collections on Project MUSE.
The John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
The rise of hypodescent in seventeenth-century English America
Children of mixed lineage in the colonial Chesapeake
Mulattoes and Mustees in the northern colonies and Carolinas
Mixed-heritage identities in the eighteenth century
Mulatto marriages, partnerships, and intimate connections
The advantages and disadvantages of blended ancestry.
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