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    The difference that ‘one drop’ makes: Mexican and African Americans, mixedness and racial categorisation in the early twentieth century

    Aragon, Margarita (2014) The difference that ‘one drop’ makes: Mexican and African Americans, mixedness and racial categorisation in the early twentieth century. Subjectivity 7 (1), pp. 18-36. ISSN 1755-6341.

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    Abstract

    Using archival materials, I will examine how the mixed ancestry of African and Mexican Americans was treated, both in law and discourse, in distinctly contrasting ways in the early 20th century. I will argue that black and Mexican subjects were positioned in qualitatively different ways in relation to whiteness. Furthermore, the singular treatment of ‘black blood’ as a social toxin, a construction emerging within the specific circumstances of American slavery, also informed the subjective positioning of Mexicans, as well as shaping some Mexican Americans’ responses to racism.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Mixedness, hybridity, Mexican-Americans, African-Americans
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Psychosocial Studies
    Depositing User: Margarita Aragon
    Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2022 11:05
    Last Modified: 21 Jan 2022 07:25
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/46916

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