Book explores racial identification
"THE INVISIBLE LINE: Three American Families and the Secret Journey From Black to White.By Daniel J. Sharfstein. Penguin. 416 pages. $27.95.
Meticulously researched and beautifully written, "The Invisible Line" is a fascinating history of how three mixed-race families migrated across the color line and changed their racial identification from black to white.
The Gibsons, wealthy mulatto landowners in Colonial South Carolina, were white Southern aristocrats by the time of the Civil War.
The Walls, slave children freed by their white father, became respected members of the black middle class before giving...