Searching for a Mixed-Race Identity in 1951

I came across this telling dialogue in the letters sections of the July and September 1951 issues of Ebony. The problem of standing with one foot in and one foot out of two cultures is all to sympathetic to mixed-race people in 2014.

Here’s the initial letter written by B. Russo of New York City:


The following are the responses her letter received:




Allan Branstiter is a writer and Ph.D. student studying U.S. History at the University of Southern Mississippi. Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, he is writing a dissertation examining the experiences of Civil War veterans in the American West. He is a veteran of the Iraq War and a former candidate for the North Dakota State Senate.

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