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Saturday, April 30 • 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Academic Expo: When Black Becomes White: A History of Racial Passing in American Life

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This lecture examines the history of African Americans who passed as white between the late eighteenth and mid-twentieth centuries.  Challenging the idea that passing was an individualistic practice, this talk will demonstrate that passing was deeply embedded in familial relationships and communal politics.



Allyson Hobbs

Allyson Hobbs is an assistant professor of American history.  She received a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.  Her doctoral dissertation examined the phenomenon of racial passing in the United States from the moment when passing became a problem in the late eighteenth century to the moment when it reportedly “passed out” in the 1950s.  Her study makes an effort to better... Read More →

Saturday April 30, 2011 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Building 320 Room 105 450 SERRA MALL, STANFORD CA 94305

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