Property rites : the Rhinelander trial, passing, and the protection of whiteness / Elizabeth M. Smith-Pryor.

In 1925 Leonard Rhinelander, the youngest son of a wealthy New York society family, sued to end his marriage to Alice Jones, a former domestic servant and the daughter of a "colored" cabman. After being married only one month, Rhinelander pressed for the dissolution of his marriage on the...

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Online Access: Full Text (via HeinOnline)
Main Author: Smith-Pryor, Elizabeth M. (Author)
Format: eBook
Published: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2009]
Table of Contents:
  • Curious acts
  • "All mixed up" in New York
  • The trial begins
  • Passing and the "seemingly absurd question" of race
  • Defending the citadel of whiteness from the "awful stain"
  • The trial continues : degeneracy, modern love, and "filthy letters"
  • "Poor little cupid" and the marriage contract
  • Blind love and the visibility of race
  • The trial ends.