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Blurring the Lines of Race and Freedom: Mulattoes and Mixed Bloods in English Colonial America

A. B. Wilkinson


The history of race in North America is still often conceived of in black and white terms. In this book, A. B. Wilkinson complicates that history by investigating how people of mixed African, European, and Native American heritage—commonly referred to as "Mulattoes," "Mustees," and "mixed bloods"—were integral to the construction of colonial racial ideologies. Thousands of mixed-heritage people appear in the records of English colonies, largely in the Chesapeake, Carolinas, and Caribbean, and this book provides a clear and compelling picture of their lives before the advent of the so-called on ... More

Keywords: “Mulattoes”, “Mustees”, “Mixed blood”, Racial ideologies, Colonial, Mixed heritage, “One-drop rule”, Institutional Racism, Race, North America

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469658995
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469658995.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. B. Wilkinson, author
University of Nevada, Las Vegas