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All I can say is that if you read one book in 2011, this should be it.
And perhaps most hopeful of all is that it's a story that, as Sharfstein reminds us in the final sentence of the book, is still being written and made anew.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to delve into America's "hidden history"!
I can't comment on the Wall or Spencer families but I have been researching the Gibson family for 30 years and the pedigree sheet in the front of the book is made up. Read morePublished 4 months ago by joannepezzu
This is a must read for anyone interested in the history of race relations in America, history and genealogy.Published 9 months ago by bernice bennett
I read the book in part. My kin are from the Appalachian mountains. They homesteaded in the AR mountains. The woman worked hard and had big families. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kindle Customer
This is an engrossing story of how these families passed from black to white to survive in a racist society. Read morePublished 18 months ago by ALISA A. OLIVER
"The Invisible Line" contains many references to "The Line". They confirm my first impression that the author's title indicates a divisive and racist attitude that I find... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Carole3375
A little hard to read, but informative. Interesting to see history I did not know. Glad I bought the book.Published 23 months ago by Patsy Robinson
This is the story of four distinctively American families who made the transition from slavery to being considered white. Read morePublished 23 months ago by William Fonvielle
I come from a "white" family that had whispers of black ancestors back in Bermuda. Interesting to see how race, over time, can be an entirely socially determined... Read morePublished on March 29, 2013 by JuneCleaved
Sharfstein is a law professor who has done an excellent job of researching and writing about three extended families that "made the journey from black to white at different points... Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Anson Cassel Mills