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Mulatto America: At the Crossroads of Black and White Culture - A Social History

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Black and white culture has been blending and colliding in America for hundreds of years. In the 1700s, black slaves discovered their masters' Bibles and found in them a seditious faith of their own. In the 1920s, young white men fell in love with New Orleans jazz and created an underground of cultural dissidents. In the 1970s, black style began its takeover of the sports world and made Dr. J and Michael Jordan the idols of millions.

In Mulatto America, a dazzling work of cultural history, the stories of these daring and deeply influential encounters are described in vibrant detail.

Beginning with new and shocking revelations about the white slaves kidnapped into "the House of Bondage," Mulatto America vividly chronicles the hidden connections that have shaped American style and character. Stephan Talty proposes that, along with the hatred that ruled the relationship between blacks and whites for so long, there has been a largely unexamined flip side: a powerful attraction that led both races to mimic what they saw and desired in each other.

The pages of this groundbreaking work, which introduces a strong new voice, are populated by the renegades who crossed the color line out of deep conviction or wild curiosity: W. E. B. Du Bois, Dorothy Dandridge, Elvis, Jay-Z, and many others.

Each chapter examines a different vanguard: The interracial lovers of the slavery era who ignored theories of racial inferiority and gave us models of devotion and daring. The black elite early in the last century who found in Shakespeare and Michelangelo not only deeply humanist masterpieces but hope that white bigotry could be overcome. And the members of today's hip-hop generation, who revel in the cultural freedom earned at so high a cost.

Drawing on original research and daring new interpretations of crucial events in American history, Talty paints a portrait of a lost America: one in which musicians, writers, and ordinary people led the nation to a deeper understanding of the strangers on the other side of town.

Without the mixing of black and white culture, America would look, sound, and feel completely different than it does today. On a cultural level, as well as racially, we are indeed a mulatto nation. This provocative and highly engaging new history shows us how this came to pass.

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [241]-251) and index.

About the Author

Stephan Talty is a critic and journalist who has contributed numerous pieces on race and American culture to publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Vibe, George, Chicago Review, the Irish Times, and Playboy. Originally from Buffalo, New York, he now lives in Brooklyn.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060185176
Subtitle:
At the Crossroads of Black and White Culture: A Social History
Author:
Talty, Stephan
Publisher:
HarperCollins LANGUAGE: eng
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Intercultural communication
Subject:
Discrimination & Racism
Subject:
Whites
Subject:
African Americans
Subject:
Miscegenation
Subject:
Interpersonal relations and culture.
Subject:
General Current Events
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 13-11700
Publication Date:
20030107
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
9.34x6.28x.99 in. 1.13 lbs.

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History and Social Science » African American Studies » General

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