“As free persons of color, the Clamorgans aped a world of wealth and patronage that flourished in a society otherwise obsessed with distinguishing white from black Here, Julie Winch explores the Clamorgan family histories with energy, insight, and grace. In her fluid narrative she locates the Clamorgans at the heart of the American experience."—Louis Gerteis, Professor of History, University of Missouri-St. Louis
“What exactly did race mean in 19th-century America? The Clamorgan clan vividly embodies its ambiguities and historical shifts....Winch’s tone is entertaining and almost merry—she clearly enjoys her material. Her sense of timing is strong, too. The Clamorgans gains a new layer of meaning read now, when the United States has a biracial president who is almost always described as African American.” —American History
Julie Winch is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She is the author of A Gentleman of Color and Philadelphia’s Black Elite.