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Titel: Love on trial : an American scandal in black...
Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included
Auflage: 1st Edition
New York & London : Norton, c2001, 1st ed. Hardbound. Dustjacket. xiii, 301 p : ill ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. -285) and index. A detailed account of the notorious Rhinelander trial of 1924, and the various people and complex issues that made it sensational. Young, white and a member of New York society, Leonard Rhinelander spent some three years courting working-class Alice Jones. After the wedding and a few nights of marital bliss at Jones's parents' home, young Lenny sued to have his marriage annulled, claiming he didn't know Alice wasn't white. In fact, Alice's mother was white; her father was an Englishman the son of a white woman and an unidentified man who may been Indian who never entertained the question of his race. While Alice's family never consciously tried to "pass" for white, they lived in a sort of racial limbo, letting their social status define them. It was left to an upstate New York judge and jury to determine whether Alice was "white," "colored" or "Negro" terms not clearly defined but certainly hotly debated in 1920s America. In addition to being a legal quagmire, the Rhinelander trial unleashed a Pandora's box of morality questions (in the end, it seems neither premarital sex or interracial sex was as scandalous as cross-class marriage). Although not graceful writers, Lewis and Ardizzone cleverly build their narrative on the progression of the trial, careful not to foreshadow the verdict. Condition : very good. ISBN 0393050130[KEYWORDS: RECHT, *, *2016-22 ned. recht, 19e, interracial marriage, racism, rechtsgeschiedenis. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 193556
Inhaltsangabe: Upon marrying Leonard Rhinelander in 1924, Alice Jones, a former nanny, became the first black woman to be listed in the Social Register as a member of one of New York's wealthiest families. When their marriage became a national scandal, Alice and Leonard found themselves thrust into the glare of public scrutiny-and into a Westchester courtroom. Earl Lewis and Heidi Ardizzone tell the story of the marriage and the annulment trial that opened the lives of two vastly different families to the media. Tracking the public obsession withthe case, they unfold a story with a dramatic cast of characters. Would the jury believe Alice's claim that her husband had known she was of mixed racial ancestry before their marriage? Would Leonard's social status sway the verdict? How much ancestry made one black? "Love on Trial" recalls a struggle that raised questions about race and identity.
Über den Autor: Earl Lewis is dean of graduate studies at the University of Michigan. Heidi Ardizzone is a visiting assistant professor at the University of Notre Dame.
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