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Re:Black and Native Relations
In Response To: Re:Black and Native Relations ()

I think you have misread the law...It was declaring who would be defined as Mulatto...Prior to that law, only those who were half Negro and half white (or half Negro and half Indian) were classed Mulatto..but the "1785 law provided that "every person who shall have one-fourth part or more Negro blood, shall...be deemed a mulatto."
So they lowered the amount of Negro blood mixed with white (or Indian) that would designate a person Mulatto.
They had other terms for people who had less than 1/4 Negro blood. Some people with known Negro blood did in fact pass into the white race, and some withOUT known Negro blood (though they did have it) passed into the white race..though they still retained their Black ancestry of course...
Never were Indians with no Negro blood officially classed as *Negro* or *Mulatto*..Some people believe their Negro or Mulatto ancestor was really Indian and not Negro, and that the census taker made a mistake, but that would be incredibly hard to prove..

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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