Re: Use of the term "Color" in late 19th century and Early 20th century NYC Birth Records #records


Yehuda Berman
 

None of my immediate relatives were born in the US so I cannot comment directly. But on the early 20th century census form of my uncle (whose skin color was light brown) his "race" (sic) was listed as Hebrew. When I was growing up, "white"  was synonymous with "white anglo-saxon protestant". Sometime around World War II Italians, Poles, Jews, etc. were admitted into the "white" category.  And when I was growing up, we still divided the world into Jews, blacks ("colored"), and whites.
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Yehuda Berman

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