“Whitening” and the Changing American Racial Hierarchy

@article{Gans2012WhiteningAT,
  title={“Whitening” and the Changing American Racial Hierarchy},
  author={Herbert J. Gans},
  journal={Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race},
  year={2012},
  volume={9},
  pages={267 - 279}
}
  • H. Gans
  • Published 1 September 2012
  • History
  • Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race
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