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Re: Inquiry on the Color Line
In Response To: Inquiry on the Color Line ()

Thank you, Paul, Linda and Denise, for your thoughtful and substantive responses, all of which are very helpful for me. The diversity of the sources of your stories -- court files, genealogical detective work, and family history -- is interesting in itself and appropriate. One of the challenges and rewards of reconstructing how people lived and experienced the color line is that traces of the past appear in such a broad range of cultural material -- census data, lawsuits, oral history, letters and diaries, newspaper stories, sociological and medical studies, even fiction (Charles Chesnutt is a particular favorite).

A couple of people have mentioned that they are having difficulty accessing the short magazine article that I linked to in the first email. This may have to do with one letter in the URL being capitalized when it should have been lower case, so I will try it again : http://www.legalaffairs.org/issues/September-October-2003/story_sharfstein_sepoct03.html . Thank you again for your help, and I continue to appreciate and be grateful for any other suggestions and advice from FPOC forum participants.

Happy holidays,

Daniel Sharfstein


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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