Colorblindness in a Color-Conscious Era

Jonathan Bean

in Race and Liberty in America

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125459
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135205 | DOI:
Colorblindness in a Color-Conscious Era

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Racial issues still existed even after Federal troops left the U.S. South and reconstruction had ended. Southern states passed laws forcing the separation of races in schools, on streetcars, and elsewhere in society. Classical liberals found themselves on the defensive—battling immigration restriction, fighting white racism in the South, defending nonwhites in overseas territories, and offering individual property rights as a solution to the “Indian problem.” Progressives and nativist conservatives advocated immigration restriction in a nation known for its open borders.

Keywords: United States; racism; Southern states; classical liberals; immigration; Indian problem

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Subjects: History of the Americas

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