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Property rites : the Rhinelander trial, passing, and the protection of whiteness

Author: Elizabeth M Smith-Pryor
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In 1925 Leonard Rhinelander, the youngest son of a wealthy New York society family, sued to end his marriage to Alice Jones, a former domestic servant and the daughter of a 'colored' cabman. This  Read more...

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Named Person: Leonard Kip Rhinelander; Alice Beatrice Jones; Alice Beatrice Jones; Leonard Kip Rhinelander
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth M Smith-Pryor
ISBN: 9780807859391 0807859397 9780807832684 0807832685
OCLC Number: 261174617
Description: xiii, 391 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Curious acts --
"All mixed up" in New York --
The trial begins --
Passing and the "seemingly absurd question" of race --
Defending the citadel of whiteness from the "awful stain" --
The trial continues : degeneracy, modern love, and "filthy letters" --
"Poor little cupid" and the marriage contract --
Blind love and the visibility of race --
The trial ends.
Responsibility: Elizabeth M. Smith-Pryor.

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Smith-Pryor's narrative of the trial and precipitating events is compelling. . . She delineates the complex past of the Jones family . . . with care and skill." --"African American Review"

 
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