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The Mulatta and the Politics of Race

Teresa C. Zackodnik


From abolition through the years just before the civil rights struggle began, African American women recognized that a mixed-race woman made for a powerful and, at times, very useful figure in the battle for racial justice. This book traces many key instances in which black women have wielded the image of a racially mixed woman to assault the color line. In the oratory and fiction of black women from the late 1840s through the 1950s, it finds the mulatta to be a metaphor of increasing potency. Before the Civil War, white female abolitionists created the image of the “tragic mulatta,” caught be ... More

Keywords: abolition, civil rights, African American women, mixed-race woman, racial justice, black women, racially mixed woman, mulatta, racial stereotypes, Ellen Craft

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781604735543
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781604735543.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Teresa C. Zackodnik, author