Does anyone know of any memoirs, novels, or research on Mexican Americans passing as white? I can't seem to locate any Mexican American passing narratives. Perhaps this is because legally Mexican Americans are white. Thoughts?
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I agree that the narrative 12 Years a Slave is troubling. However, those aspects are part of the original text. It seems that "Hollywood" could have done one of two things: reproduce the text, with many of its problems intact, including viewing this through Solomon's eyes (which is what happened); or gone beyond the text to do more research or, worse, create something not real to what we know of Solomon's life. I shudder at the latter; would hope for the more research, but that rarely happens.
As an opening reply, you raise the classical struggle concerning history on film: must the film adhere to the sources and evidence closely, or must it be "good theatre" as it were. Full Disclosure: the film has just come out here (South Africa), and I have yet to see it. Yet given that the Solomon narrative has been given a bit of the Hollywood treatment, there are certain conventions that would lead the account toward a particular direction, especially the need to emotionally tie things up, as Dr Fraser implies.
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