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"New Faces in a Changing America is a comprehensive, penetrating, authoritative, and provocative examination of what it means to be multiracial in this country. With contributions by the leading thinkers, activists, and researchers on the subject, it admirably links theory and the powerful lived experiences of mixed-race people. This book will be the most important reference source on the subject for many years." -- James P. Allen, California State University, Northridge New Faces in a Changing America examines the multiracial experience, its history and the political issues and consequences surrounding biracial and multiracial identity, bringing together top names in the field to give readers cutting edge views and insights gained from contemporary research.

From Civil Rights to the Multiracial Movement
From civil rights to the multiracial movement
Kim M.WilliamsHarvard University

This chapter makes three primary claims. The most fundamental is that the multiracial movement could not have happened, nor could it have taken the forms it has, had it not been for both successes and failures of the civil rights movement. At first glance, the trajectory of largely acrimonious relations between the multira-cialists and civil rights advocates over the past 10 years or so might seem to render this claim implausible. Yet this chapter demonstrates that outcomes of the civil rights movement are imprinted on the multiracial movement: they explain important aspects of the timing, characteristics, and even the goals of of the latter. To advance these arguments, I draw ...

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