We Are Who We Say We Are: A Black Family's Search for Home Across the Atlantic World (Paperback)

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This colored Creole story offers a unique historical lens through which to understand the issues of migration, immigration, passing, identity, and color-forces that still shape American society today. We Are Who We Say We Are provides a detailed, nuanced account of shifting forms of racial
identification within an extended familial network and constrained by law and social reality.

Author Mary Frances Berry, a well-known expert in the field, focuses on the complexity and malleability of racial meanings within the US over generations. Colored Creoles, similar to other immigrants and refugees, passed back and forth in the Atlantic world. Color was the cause and consequence for
migration and identity, splitting the community between dark and light. Color could also split families. Louis Antoine Snaer, a free man of color and an officer in the Union Army who passed back and forth across the color line, had several brothers and sisters. Some chose to pass and some decided
to remain colored, even though they too, could have passed. This rich global history, beginning in Europe--with episodes in Haiti, Cuba, Louisiana, and California--emphasizes the diversity of the Atlantic World experience.

About the Author


Mary Frances Berry is Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of several books, including And Justice For All: The United States Commission On Civil Rights and the Struggle For Freedom in America (2009) andMy Face Is Black Is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations (2005).
Product Details
ISBN: 9780199978335
ISBN-10: 0199978336
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: December 1st, 2014
Pages: 224
Language: English