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The Clamorgans: One Family's History of Race in America

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The historian Julie Winch uses her sweeping, multigenerational history of the unforgettable Clamorgans to chronicle how one family navigated race in America from the 1780s through the 1950s. What she discovers overturns decades of received academic wisdom. Far from an impermeable wall fixed by whites, race opened up a moral gray zone that enterprising blacks manipulated to ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by Hill and Wang
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maybe it's cause I'm from st Louis or maybe it's because I'm black. but I found everything extremely interesting. the back stabbing, the loyalty, and the sad ending to all of it. it was all for nothing.
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It's quite a chore to take dry legal documents, land grants of old lineage, and complex genealogies and make it into a readable tale. Good work, Julie Winch!
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Dull. Couldn't finish it.
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