The figurative quadroon
emerged as a necessary vehicle through which to neutralize the threat embodied in biracial procreating women: "The foreign females of color who migrate to the United States from the blood-soaked shores of Haiti could be mastered and controlled by white American men" (6).
During one of their stays in Washington, Hannah is re-united with Lizzy, the quadroon
slave who accompanied their mulatta first mistress to Lindendale, and Lizzy relates what has transpired on the plantation with its current residents, Mr.
A female quadroon
comes within Section 14 of the AP Acts of 1897 if it can be established that the mother is the offspring of an aboriginal mother and other than an aboriginal father and that she (the mother) otherwise than as wife, habitually lived or associated with aboriginals (QSA A/58761).
73), and that historical commentators describe the quadroons
as 'an unfortunate race'.
One drop of black blood makes you black Octoroon, quadroon
, half and half, salt and pepper.
Norton, 1984) and Monique Guillory, "Under One Roof: The Sins and Sanctity of the New Orleans Quadroon
Balls," Race Consciousness: African-American Studies for the New Century, ed.
For example, in the 1890 census, separate information for quadroons
and octoroons--persons with one-quarter or one-eighth black parentage--was collected, while in 1930, any mixture of white and some other race was to be reported according to the race of the parent who was not white.
Grace's motivation to 'adopt Mary' is inspired by a photograph in a newspaper of two fair-skinned Aboriginal girls dressed in white lace-collared dresses and a caption that read, 'These octoroons and quadroons
have been rescued from shameful circumstances and generously taken into the homes of Christian families' (p.
These stories, Lydia Maria Child observed in her antislavery story "The Quadroons
," were not the stuff of fiction.
Even among those who stand to lose the most, Dunbar-Nelson notes, "there were jealous and fiercely-guarded distinctions: 'griffes, briques, mulattoes, quadroons
, octoroons, each term meaning one degree's further transfiguration toward the Cancasian standard of physical perfection'" ("People of Color," 361).
The Crown Solicitor was now asked for the first time to consider the status of quadroons
under the Act.
5)Much of Brown's description of Clotel's cottage and of her character -- "perfect model of rural beauty," "her high poetic nature" -- was copied verbatim from Child's "The Quadroons