The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White

By Daniel J. Sharfstein. Publisher: Penguin


Legal scholar Sharfstein demonstrates the fluidity and arbitrariness of racial classification as he chronicles the lives of three African American families who passed themselves off as white during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.




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Booklist Editors' Choice: Adult Books
The Adult Books editors have selected the following titles as representative of the year’s outstanding books for public-library collections. Our scope has been intentionally broad, and we have attempted to find books that combine literary, intellectual, and aesthetic excellence with popular appeal.
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