Author, The Souciant
Becoming Free, Becoming Black addresses a number of issues which are of more than simply antiquarian interest. As a work of scholarship, it furthers our understanding of the ways that conceptions of race change over time, responding to both cultural and economic imperatives. Modern public conceptions of race have tended to essentialize racial categories, with the implication that race implies certain tendencies that are identifiable irrespective of context. De la Fuente and Gross’s research make a valuable contribution to our understanding of the complex, fluid, and often overlapping ways that race was understood.