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‘The Difference that “One-Drop” Makes: Mexican and African Americans, Mixedness and Racial Categorization in the Early 20th Century

Aragon, Margarita. 2014. ‘The Difference that “One-Drop” Makes: Mexican and African Americans, Mixedness and Racial Categorization in the Early 20th Century. Subjectivity, 7(1), pp. 18-36. ISSN 1755-6341 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Using archival materials, I will examine how the mixed ancestry of African and Mexican Americans was treated, both in law and discourse, in distinctly contrasting ways in the early twentieth century. I will argue that black and Mexican subjects were positioned in qualitatively different ways in relation to whiteness. Furthermore, the singular treatment of ‘black blood’ as a social toxin, a construction emerging within the specific circumstances of American slavery, also informed the subjective positioning of Mexicans, as well as shaping some Mexican Americans’ responses to racism.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1057/sub.2014.1

Keywords:

mixedness hybridity Mexican-Americans African-Americans

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
17 March 2014Published Online
2014Published

Item ID:

23434

Date Deposited:

07 Jun 2018 13:27

Last Modified:

02 Aug 2018 19:37

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/23434

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