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Black on Both SidesA Racial History of Trans Identity$
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C. Riley Snorton

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781517901721

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9781517901721.001.0001

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A Nightmarish Silhouette

A Nightmarish Silhouette

Racialization and the Long Exposure of Transition

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Black on Both Sides

C. Riley Snorton

University of Minnesota Press

Chapter 4 situates the ascendance of Christine Jorgensen, dubbed America’s first transsexual celebrity, alongside myriad projects of U.S. imperial conquest and various forms of violent racist suppression at home. Focusing on the media narratives of Lucy Hicks Anderson, Georgia Black, Carlett Brown, James McHarris/Annie Lee Grant, and Ava Betty Brown that emerged in the black press, this chapter offers other ways to narrate trans embodiment in the postwar, early Cold War period.

Keywords:   Transgender transition transsexual celebrity media black postwar cold war

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