IAH 207 Review - 1 Passing \u25cf Shows that race(Blackness and Whiteness in particular is not as fixed and absolute as often assumed rather racial

IAH 207 Review - 1 Passing u25cf Shows that race(Blackness...

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1Passing:Shows that race (Blackness and Whiteness in particular) is not as fixed and absolute as often assumed; rather, racial categories are contingent and unstablePudd’nhead Wilson, TwainDawson’s landing, MissouriA slave down on the Mississippi riverJudge DriscollOld money; lineage goes back to a Virginia “First Family”; very respectedTom’s Uncle; Percy’s brotherAdopts Tom when Percy diesPercy DriscollThe judge’s brother; a speculator (something like playing the stock market); money through speculations; not as committed to honor; less respectedTom’s fatherFrees Roxy shortly before he diesColonel Essexaristocrat; comes from old money in VirginiaRoxyFemale slave; the “mammy” whos takes care of the masters child; Fearful her child will be sold “down the river” and wants to kill her child to save him from slaveryInstead she switches her “black” infant (Chambers) and her master’s “white” infant (Tom) to save her own childRoxy looks white; she has “brown and liquid” eyes, blondish hair, and a fair complexion. She is only 1/16 black, but because of that 1/16 she is classified as “black” and a slave.Was freed after Percy died, but lost all her savings moneyShe returned to Dawson’s Landing and blackmails “Tom” into financially supporting herChambersRoxy’s son, Chambers is a slave“her child was 31 parts white, and he, too, was a slave, and by a fiction of law and custom a negro”Becomes “Tom”Knowingly disloyal and got in troubleWasn't looked down upon because of his status- Judge Driscoll's nephewHis gambling leads him to debt, and his uncle Judge Driscoll frequently disinherits himRobs and murders his wealthy UncleFingerprints showed his was Roxy’s son and part black, so his prison sentence overturned. He is classified as a slave and is legally included among the propertyassets of the estateTomPercy’s son; mother died, so Roxy takes care of him as well as her sonBecomes “Chambers”Brave, loyal and intelligentTom doesn’t want to become “white” again- he sees white people the way white people never see themselves (cruel, petty)Eventually his ancestry was exposed and he was restored his rights
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2Having been raised as a slave, he feels intense unease in white society. At the same time, as a white man, he is essentially excluded from the company of blacksDavid Wilson (Pudd’nhead)Has a law degree but no practiceTownsfolk call him “Pudd’nhead” because they think he’s naive and simple minded He stated that he would “Rather have my child alive and with someone else than split in half and dead”His first impression on people influenced his life, making his career aspirations go down the drainHis character shows just how baseless and superficial public opinion can be
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