July 11, 2018



‘A Chosen Exile’: Black People Passing in White America 

by ||from Code Switch: Race and Identity, Remixed

When You Don’t ‘Look Black’

by Alex Laughlin || from Other: Mixed Race in America


Videos + Video Series

Race: The Power of an Illusion || produced by California Newsreel



‘Passing for white’: how a taboo film genre is being revived to expose racial privilege by Janine Bradbury

Sigrid Johnson Was Black. A DNA Test Said She Wasn’t. by Ruth Padawer



Ball, Edward. Slaves in the Family, 1998.

Hobbs, Allyson. A Chosen Exile, 2014.

James Wheldon Johnson. Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, 1912.

Larsen, Nella. Passing, 1929.

Young, Vershawn Ashanti and Mollie Godfrey. Neo-Passing: Performing Identity after Jim Crow, 2018.


Resources are also available on the Bibliography and Other External Links page for The Gilded Years: Passing and the Fictions of Identity at Vassar.