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Author Smith-Pryor, Elizabeth M.

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

Imprint Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2009.

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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 391 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-372) and index.
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.
Summary 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 grounds that his wife had lied to him about her racial background. The subsequent marital annulment trial became a massive public spectacle, not only in New York but across the nation--despite the fact that the state had never outlawed interracial marriage. Elizabeth Smith-Pryor makes extensive use o.
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Subject Rhinelander, Leonard Kip -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Jones, Alice Beatrice -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Jones, Alice Beatrice.
Rhinelander, Leonard Kip.
Trials (Divorce) -- New York (State) -- Westchester County.
Marriage -- Annulment -- New York (State) -- Westchester County.
Interracial marriage -- New York (State) -- Westchester County.
Scandals -- New York (State) -- Westchester County.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Trials, litigation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: Smith-Pryor, Elizabeth M. Property rites. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2009 9780807859391 0807859397 (DLC) 2008047143 (OCoLC)261174617
ISBN 9780807894170 (electronic bk.)
0807894176 (electronic bk.)
9781469605906 (electronic bk.)
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9780807859391 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0807859397 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9780807832684 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0807832685 (cloth ; alk. paper)