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The Color Factor: The Economics of African-American Well-Being in the Nineteenth-Century South

Howard Bodenhorn


This book studies how color intersected with polity, society and economy in the nineteenth–century South. Although legal historians have explored how early Americans legally defined and contested race, that literature has overlooked or downplayed the middle ground occupied by a sizeable mixed-race population of antebellum free people. These were the “talented tenth” long before W.E.B. Dubois coined the term. Economists and economic historians, too, have overlooked the centrality of color and the mixed-race middle. Each chapter fills this gap and relies on newly collected data to explore how co ... More

Keywords: colorism, African Americans, mulatto, welfare, talented tenth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199383092
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199383092.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Howard Bodenhorn, author
Clemson University, South Carolina, Professor of Economics