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Passing Strange by Martha A. Sandweiss
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Feb 09, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: history-current-events-non-fictio
Read in February, 2010

Great and intriguing work of history--it makes you think hard about what "race" is and how much of it is in our minds and mindsets. It is a fascinating tale of a highly "successful" white man in the mid-19th c., the gilded age-- whose own prejudices and the constraints of his own social set keep him from feeling free to love whom he would like. It is also the constraints on the woman, a Black woman, born a slave without the privilege of education, etc. but how he chooses to pursue this relationship and how the author has constructed what we know are both fascinating. I couldn't put it down.

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