My research annotation is about the different race laws around the time the book was written.
“ Public Assemblages Act, the General Assembly required the racial segregation of all public events in Virginia. The act became law without the signature of Governor Harry F. Byrd Sr. on March 22, 1926”
As well as the Colored persons and Indians defined Code of Virginia (1924) which defined a colored person as having one-sixteenth or more “negro blood”.
And finally “Another proposed law, to be white a person must have “no trace whatsoever of any blood other than Caucasian”—in other words, the standard already being applied by Walter Plecker. However, people who had less than one sixty-fourth part Indian and no African American heritage would still be considered white.”
These are just some of the examples of race law that would have been i affect when then character would gave been born.These examples show us that people like Helga were being put into an unsavory position.
Laws like this were rampant in the south where she was and its important to know this because it adds to her feeling of not belonging even more.If there was a annotation on the many race laws of the time people would really start to understand Helga’s internal struggle even more.
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