That The Blood Stay Pure: African Americans, Native Americans, And The Predicament Of Race And…

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byArica L. Coleman

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That the Blood Stay Pure traces the history and legacy of the commonwealth of Virginia's effort to maintain racial purity and its impact on the relations between African Americans and Native Americans. Arica L. Coleman tells the story of Virginia's racial purity campaign from the perspective of those who were disavowed or expelled from tribal communities due to their affiliation with people of African descent or because their physical attributes linked them to those of African ancestry. Coleman also explores the social consequences of the racial purity ethos for tribal communities that have refused to define Indian identity based on a denial of blackness. This rich interdisciplinary history, which includes contemporary case studies, addresses a neglected aspect of America's long struggle with race and identity.

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That the Blood Stay Pure traces the history and legacy of the commonwealth of Virginia's effort to maintain racial purity and its impact on the relations between African Americans and Native Americans. Arica L. Coleman tells the story of Virginia's racial purity campaign from the perspective of those who were disavowed or expelled from...

Arica L. Coleman is Assistant Professor of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 18, 2013Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253010438

ISBN - 13:9780253010438

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Author's Note
Introduction
Part 1: Historicizing Black--Indian Relations in Virginia
Prologue: Lingering at the Crossroads: African-Native American History and Kinship Lineage in Armstrong Archer's A Compendium on Slavery
1. Notes on the State of Virginia: Jeffersonian Thought and the Rise of Racial Purity Ideology in the Eighteenth Century
2. Redefining Race and Identity: The Indian-Negro Confusion and the Changing State of Black-Indian Relations in the Nineteenth Century
3. Race Purity and the Law: The Racial Integrity Act and Policing Black/Indian Identity in the Twentieth Century
4. Denying Blackness: Anthropological Advocacy and the Remaking of the Virginia Indians (The Other Twentieth Century Project)
Part 2: Black-Indian Relations in the Present State of Virginia
5. Beyond Black and White: Afro-Indian Identity in the case of Loving V. Virginia
6. The Racial Integrity Fight: Confrontations of Race and Identity In Charles City County, Virginia
7. Nottoway Indians, Afro-Indian Identity, and the Contemporary Dilemma of State Recognition
Epilogue: Afro-Indian Peoples of Virginia: The Indelible Thread of Black and Red
Appendix: Racial Integrity Act Text
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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"[T]this tremendous book, wisely honing in on one state, one set of political agendas, and a chronological view of the phenomenon of negotiated ethnicity, is the most thorough treatment of the topic this reviewer has read. A pure joy!... Essential." -Choice