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The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White


Daniel J. Sharfstein ’00
The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White
Monday, March 7, 2011, at 6 p.m.

Yale Law School (Room 129)
127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT

The Lillian Goldman Law Library together with the Yale Law School Legal History Forum and the Yale Black Law Students Association invite you to a discussion featuring an important new book by Professor Daniel J. Sharfstein, with critical commentary by Professor Claire Priest.
The Invisible Line unravels the stories of three families who represent the complexity of race in America and force us to rethink our basic assumptions about who we are. For example, one of the families that started out black produced a Yale-educated Confederate general! This book has been called a “must read” by major scholars spanning the fields of legal history and African American Studies. It is written with the sensitivity of a novelist from the perspective of a legal scholar and provides a fascinating account of how laws and court decisions help shape racial attitudes.

Daniel J. Sharfstein is Associate Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University.

Claire Priest is Professor of Law at Yale University.