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Who is Black?: One Nation's Definition

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This volume is the Tenth Anniversary Edition of a book that was honored in 1992 as an "Outstanding Book" by the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Human Rights in the United States. Reprinted many times since its first publication in 1991, Who Is Black? has become a staple in college classrooms throughout the United States, helping students understand this nation s his ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published October 2nd 2001 by Penn State University Press (first published June 1st 1991)
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This book was very academic, but not too dry. It mostly focused on the "one drop rule" and how blacks/African Americans have been defined throughout American history according to that rule.

There is a lot of US history in the book, starting with slavery and continuing through the Reconstruction era, discussing the impact of Jim Crow laws, etc. Many precedent setting court cases involving racial classification for black people are discussed: Plessy v. Ferguson, Phipps v. Louisiana.

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I seem to be consumed on studies of sociology, race, and minority relations within dominant culture contexts. But this was really interesting and a good overview of history of the beginnings of definitions and outcomes. It actually took me by surprised as me actually liking a book that is a required reading.
An excellent book, covering the surprisingly complicated origins of the one-drop rule and why it is so entrenched among blacks as well as whites. Fascinating and thorough.
One of the best books on passing.
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F. James Davis is a retired professor of sociology at Illinois State University. He is the author of numerous books, including Who is Black? One Nation's Definition (1991).
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