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Current Book - February 2015

  • Passing
    by Nella Larsen.
    Hosted by: Allyson Hobbs

    "Writing a history of passing is writing a history of loss. It seems to pass as 'white' is to gain. To be white, particularly during racial segregation, meant to have a better job. It meant to live in a better neighborhood, it meant the right to vote. It meant to enjoy countless social privileges. What struck me was not so much what was gained by passing, but rather what was lost by leaving an African American identity behind."

    Allyson Hobbs, assistant professor of American history