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Allyson Hobbs, A Chosen Exile, in conversation with Helena Brantley
Kepler's Books
Menlo Park, CA
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Allyson Hobbs, A Chosen Exile, in conversation with Helena Brantley
Presented by Peninsula Arts & Letters and Kepler's Books

Allyson Hobbs in conversation with Helene Brantley

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
7:30pm

Seating Area opens at 6:30pm
Kepler's Books
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Join us for a look back at the history of racial passing, and a topical discussion of race and identity problems in America today.

For centuries, countless African Americans passed as white, leaving behind families and friends, roots and community, almost always for the benefits of expanded opportunity and mobility. But along with these brighter possibilities came grief, loneliness, and isolation that often outweighed the rewards. A Chosen Exile is a beautiful, extensively researched book, with historical photographs and over 82 pages of notes.

As racial relations in America have evolved so has the significance of passing. To pass as white in the antebellum South was to escape the shackles of slavery. After emancipation, many African Americans came to regard passing as a form of betrayal, a selling of one's birthright. When the initially hopeful period of Reconstruction proved short-lived, passing became an opportunity to defy Jim Crow and strike out on one's own.

Allyson Hobbs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Stanford. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and she received a Ph.D. with distinction from the University of Chicago. Hobbs teaches courses on African-American history, African-American women's history and 20th century American history. Her research interests include American social and cultural history, racial mixture, identity formation, migration and urbanization, and the intersections of race, class and gender.

Helena Brantley is the founder of Red Pencil Publicity + Marketing, working with both publishers and authors. Previously, she managed publicity campaigns for HarperCollins. She is a proud alumna of the Stanford Publishing Course. Helena tweets and posts about books and other interesting things on Twitter and Instagram.

This event is free but please register here.

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Kepler's Books (View)
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025
United States

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Arts > Literary

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