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What blood won't tell : a history of race on trial in America

Gross (Univ. of Southern California, School of Law) writes an amazing book that addresses the relationship between race and citizenship in the US. This book reminds us that the imaginary connection between racial identity and fitness for citizenship remains potent today and continues to impede racial justice and equality. Challenging the presumption of many scholars of the dominance of the one-drop rule in conferring black status, Gross argues that despite the rule, in court and by custom, racial boundaries were much more fluid and flexible yet, primarily in the service of white supremacy. Through a close reading of racial identity trials in America, this book offers an eloquent contribution to ongoing debates over affirmative action, identity politics and the construction of a "colorblind" society
Print Book, English, 2008
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 2008
x, 368 pages ; 24 cm
9780674031302, 067403130X
The common sense of race
Performing whiteness
Race as association
Citizenship of the "little races"
Black Indian identity in the allotment era
From nation to race in Hawai'i
Racial science, immigration, and the "white races"
Mexican Americans and the "Caucasian cloak."