Friday, August 3, 2007

Interracial and Interethnic Sex and Relationships

Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History in America, by Marc Stein

In his 1995 presidential address to the Organization of American Historians, titled "The Hidden History of Mestizo America," Gary Nash declared, "What we … need in our passionate and sometimes violent arguments about American culture and identity … is a social and intellectual construction of a mestizo America." Surveying the history of interracial mixing from Pocahontas and John Rolfe in the seventeenth century to debates about multi-culturalism in the twentieth, Nash explained he was using the term "mestizo" in "the original sense—referring to racial intermixture of all kinds." "Uncovering the shrouded past of mestizo America," he concluded, "bears on the ongoing pursuit of e pluribus unum in this nation—the search for creating commonality out of diversity." Despite this broad vision, and despite the groundbreaking LGBT work on the subject produced by writers such as CherrĂ­e Moraga and Gloria AnzaldĂșa in This Bridge Called My ...

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