One drop of blood : the American misadventure of race / Scott L. Malcomson.

"Why has a nation dedicated to freedom and universal ideals continually produced, through its obsession with race, an unhappily divided people? Scott L. Malcomson's search for an answer took him to communities across the country and deep into our past. From Virginia colonists "going n...

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Main Author: Malcomson, Scott L.
Format: Book
Published: New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2000.
Edition:1st ed.
Table of Contents:
  • This business of angels
  • I. An Indian country. "All things in aboundance'' : colonial America as Eden ; "A new kind of disorder" : a Cherokee utopia and the rise of racial separatism 1730-1830 ; "Welcome, negro, welcome" : the Indian as slave and slaveholder ; "Grand and great--the future state" : some twentieth-century solutions to the Indian problem ; Homelands
  • II. The republic of new Africa. "The grand ham" : racial imagination in the old world ; "Coal black is better than another hue" : love and race in Shakespeare's England ; "We can be as separate as the fingers" : segregation from the American Revolution to the Gilded Age ; The new negro : the beautiful despair of the Harlem Renaissance ; "This special way of life"
  • III. White flight. "The essence of whiteness" : Spain, England, and the colors of empire ; "The freest of all human beings" : westward expansion and the price of liberty ; The Ethiopian opera : white masks in blackface minstrelsy ; "Old racial cries, old racial ties"
  • IV. A family in time. A present from John Sutter ; Seize the time ; Have mercy ; Down to the river.