A chosen exile a history of racial passing in american life allyson hobbs on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers between the eighteenth and mid twentieth centuries countless african americans passed as white leaving behind families and friends. Countless african americans have passed as white leaving behind families and friends roots and communities it was as allyson hobbs writes a chosen exile this history of passing explores the possibilities challenges and losses that racial indeterminacy presented to men and women living in a country obsessed with racial distinctions. A chosen exile a history of racial passing in american life author allyson hobbs harvard university press 2014 isbn 978 0 674 36810 1 382 pages the author has written a scholarly book about a subject that has often been misunderstood or not discussed in our american history. 2 yet in this flurry of publications allyson hobbss a chosen exile a history of racial passing in american life is a valuable contribution that distinguishes itself as the first full length historical monograph to comprehensively tackle and complicate this sensitive and emotionally charged topic this ambitious study is a revised version
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