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dc.contributor.authorAtkins Jr, David Leeen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-06-30T08:00:27Z
dc.date.available2017-06-30T08:00:27Z
dc.date.issued2017-06-29en_US
dc.identifier.othervt_gsexam:11886en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/78283
dc.description.abstractThis project looks at American abolitionists use of light-skinned slaves to prove to Northerners slavery was an abomination. This project is also a study of the social constructions of race and the meanings of skin color in Northern and Southern American societies. This research draws mostly upon primary sources including anti-slavery newspapers, images, slave narratives, and slave testimonies. The stories of light-skinned slaves in this thesis challenged the neat assumptions of what it meant to be white or black and deeply disturbed white Americans. The descriptions and images of these former slaves blurred the lines between black and white and made Northerners, and in some instances Southerners, rethink how they decided a person's racial classification. Light-skinned slaves were living proof of the evils of the American slave system and they were one of the tools abolitionists used to help end slavery.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectslaveryen_US
dc.subjectabolitionen_US
dc.titlePerfectly White: Light-Skinned Slaves and the Abolition Movement 1835 - 1865en_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentHistoryen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHistoryen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairQuigley, Paulen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberShadle, Brett L.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberMilteer, Warren Eugeneen_US


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