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The Dilemma of Racial Identity

The Dilemma of Racial Identity

(p.11) Chapter One The Dilemma of Racial Identity
Promises of Citizenship
Kathleen M. German
University Press of Mississippi

This chapter explores the historical problems of understanding and dividing society along racial lines. In some ways, World War II was a race war as both Allies and Axis enforced forms of racial segregation and purity. This chapter traces the roots of race in Christianity beginning with the Great Chain of Being, then explores federal definitions of race, and finally explains the implications of social and legal separation of races in the Jim Crow segregation persistent through World War II.

Keywords:   Racial hierarchy, Blood quantum, One drop rule, Plessy v Ferguson, Jim Crow segregation

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