Title

The Story of Hudgins v. Wrights: Multiracialism and the Social Construction of Race

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Date

2008

Editor(s)

Rachel F. Moran & Devon W. Carbado

ISBN

9781599410012

Publisher

Foundation Press

Language

en-US

Abstract

In the case of Hudgins v. Wrights, the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia delivered an important lesson on the non-genetic nature of race—the manner in which race is socially determined by both physical and non-physical proxies. Hudgins involved the legal battle of three women—a grandmother, a mother, and a granddaughter—who struggled to prove that they were free citizens, not slaves, by offering evidence to refute a white slaveowner’s claim that they descended from an enslaved black woman instead of a free American Indian woman.

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