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The United States of the United RacesA Utopian History of Racial Mixing$
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Greg Carter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814772492

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814772492.001.0001

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Say It Loud, I’m One Drop and I’m Proud

Say It Loud, I’m One Drop and I’m Proud

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The United States of the United Races

Greg Carter

NYU Press

This chapter discusses assimilation literatures that uphold interethnic marriage rates as the prime measure of incorporation into the mainstream. In particular, Edward Reuter's The Mulatto in the United States (1918), Everett Stonequist's “The Problem of the Marginal Man” (1935), and Joel Williamson's New People (1980) describe racially mixed people as superior to their minority racial group yet intermediary in social status and prone to confusion. These twentieth-century scholars also promoted the idea that mixed people were inseparable from their minority parent groups, in order to address racial inequality. The remainder of the chapter integrates the centrality of racial mixture during these decades into the master narrative of civil rights.

Keywords:   Edward Reuter, Everett Stonequist, Joel Williamson, racial minority, interethnic marriage, racial inequality, racial mixture, mixed-race people, mixed race

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