For the first time in United States history, the Year 2000 census allowed people to check more than one box to identify their race. This new way of gathering data and characterizing race and ethnicity reflects important changes in how racial identity is understood in America. Besides acknowledging the presence of mixed race citizens, this new understanding promises to have major implications for American law and policy.
With this anthology, Kevin R. Johnson brings together ground-breaking scholarship on the mixed race experience in America to examine the impact of law on these citizens. The foundational essays that comprise the collection present the historical, social, and political contexts surrounding the body of law that addresses race while analyzing the implications of multiracialism. Divided into 12 sections, the reader includes an introduction by Johnson and essential essays by contributors such as Garrett Epps, Judith Resnick, Richard Delgado, Ian Haney-López, Randall Kennedy, and Patricia Hill Collins. Selections address miscegenation, racial classification, interracial adoption, the 2000 census, “passing,” and other topics; each section includes questions to promote further discussion. This book is an invaluable resource for examining the complexities of racial categories in modern America.
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I took Mixed Race and the Law at Whittier Law School with Professor Warren Cohen. It was one of the best classes I have ever had in the eight years of higher education I have tortured myself with. I recommend both the class and this text to anyone considering its purchase. It is suitable reading for those who have not chosen to pursue a legal education, and immersed in the legal material are some really compelling stories.
I came across this book while looking for documentation on Free Tom Smith and his "wives" Charity1 and Charity2. I had heard about the story of the children Malinda and Sarah's slavery, but I had no idea that this was such a ground breaking case. Thank you for filling in the blanks in my family search! Thank you for your diligent work.
Racial mixture is the future of the United States. Anyone interested in how the law has treated the issue should look at this anthology of readings on this important subject.
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