America's new racial heroes : mixed race Americans and ideas of novelty, progress, and utopia

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dc.contributor.advisor Foley, Neil
dc.creator Carter, Gregory Thomas, 1970-
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-13T18:28:50Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-13T18:28:50Z
dc.date.created 2007-05
dc.date.issued 2012-06-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2152/15923
dc.description.abstract My dissertation, "America's New Racial Heroes," is the first full-length intellectual history examining the fascination with mixed race people that has been concurrent with the stereotypes that pathologize them. Through five moments in United States history, this project asks what the idea of racially mixed people does for America, uncovering a set of vanguards who suggested that, rather than fear racial mixing, we should embrace it as a means to live up to ideals of equality and inclusion, thus benefiting the nation as a whole. Whether the subject is abolitionist Wendell Phillips's defense of racial amalgamation, the popularity of the Melting Pot trope, Time Magazine's 1993 New Face of America issue, or the promises of a "Multiracial" category on the 2000 census, similar notions regarding novelty, progress, and utopia repeat themselves. Rounding out "America's New Racial Heroes" is an examination of contemporary praise of ambiguity at the same time Americans wish for quantifiable racial makeup. Overall, this project warns against the giddy hope that racially mixed people alone can solve America's racial problems. I have several models in bringing together these five cases, including George M. Fredrickson's The Black Image in the White Mind, Philip J. Deloria's Playing Indian, and Robert Lee's Orientals. Each of these shows how discourses of science, nationality, and popular culture shape the identities of dominant and minority groups concurrently. Like these works, my project brings together archival research, cultural studies readings, and theories of racial formation to examine how pro-mixing advocates situate themselves within their own contexts and resonate through time. This work on mixed race identity has many intersections with both fields, accentuating the richness that can result from comparative, ethnic studies work across disciplinary boundaries.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights Copyright © is held by the author. Presentation of this material on the Libraries' web site by University Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin was made possible under a limited license grant from the author who has retained all copyrights in the works.
dc.subject Race relations
dc.subject.lcsh Racially mixed people--United States
dc.subject.lcsh United States--Race relations--History
dc.title America's new racial heroes : mixed race Americans and ideas of novelty, progress, and utopia
dc.title.alternative Mixed race Americans and ideas of novelty, progress, and utopia
dc.description.department American Studies
dc.type.genre Thesis
dc.type.material text
thesis.degree.department American Studies
thesis.degree.discipline American Studies
thesis.degree.grantor The University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.level Doctoral
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy

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