Parallel Worlds: The Remarkable Gibbs-Hunts and the Enduring (In)significance of Melanin

Parallel Worlds The Remarkable Gibbs Hunts and the Enduring In significance of Melanin When William Henry Hunt married Ida Alexander Gibbs in the spring of their wedding was a dazzling Washington social event that joined an Oberlin educated diplomat sdaughter and a Wall Street vete

  • Title: Parallel Worlds: The Remarkable Gibbs-Hunts and the Enduring (In)significance of Melanin
  • Author: Adele Logan Alexander
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  • Page: 123
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  • When William Henry Hunt married Ida Alexander Gibbs in the spring of 1904,their wedding was a dazzling Washington social event that joined an Oberlin educated diplomat sdaughter and a Wall Street veteran who could trace his lineage to Jamestown Their union took placein a world of refinement and privilege, but both William and Ida had mixed race backgrounds, andtheir countWhen William Henry Hunt married Ida Alexander Gibbs in the spring of 1904,their wedding was a dazzling Washington social event that joined an Oberlin educated diplomat sdaughter and a Wall Street veteran who could trace his lineage to Jamestown Their union took placein a world of refinement and privilege, but both William and Ida had mixed race backgrounds, andtheir country therefore placed severe restrictions on their lives because at that time, one drop ofcolored blood classified anyone as a Negro This stain of melanin pushed the couple sachievements to the margins of American society Nonetheless, as William followed a career in theforeign service, Ida whose grandfather was probably Richard Malcolm Johnson, a vice president ofthe United States moved in intellectual and political circles that included the likes of FrederickDouglass, J Pierpont Morgan, Booker T Washington, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Mary ChurchTerrell.Born into slavery, William had an adventurous youth, including a briefcareer as a jockey and an interlude at Williams College ultimately he succeeded Ida s father asconsul The diplomat s expatriate life provided him with a distinguished career and a stage onwhich to showcase his talents throughout the world, as well as an escape from racial stigmas backhome Free of the diplomatic hindrances her husband faced, Ida advocated openly against race andgender inequities, and was a major participant in W E B Du Bois s post World War IPan African Congresses which took her to stimulating European capitals that were largely free ofracial oppression.In this, William and Ida s unique dual biography, Adele LoganAlexander gracefully traces an extraordinary partnership with a historian s skills and insights Shealso presents a nuanced account of the complex impact of race in the early twentieth centuryworld.

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