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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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Conclusion

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(p.217) Conclusion
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The United States of the United Races
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Greg Carter

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814772492.003.0009

This concluding chapter argues many who espoused the positive position on mixed race were men of privilege. Women, the poor, the laboring, and minorities also constructed similar opinions, but the evidence of this unpopular position was more likely to survive coming from men with access to outlets that would disseminate their views. This gender position influenced the discourse they produced. For instance, T .T.'s reverie in the Liberator and Scott Turow's praise of Barack Obama cast racially mixed men as agents of change. Meanwhile, William Short's 1798 letter to Thomas Jefferson cast mixed women as objects of beauty, and mixed children as symbols of reconciliation.

Keywords:   mixed race, mixed-race people, gender position, Liberator, Scott Turow, Barack Obama, William Short

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