That the Blood Stay Pure traces the history and legacy of the commonwealth of Virginia’s effort to maintain racial purity and its impact on the relations between African Americans and Native Americans. Arica L. Coleman tells the story of Virginia’s racial purity campaign from the perspective of those who were disavowed or expelled from tribal communities due to their affiliation with people of African descent or because their physical attributes linked them to those of African ancestry.
Arica L. Coleman has been Assistant Professor of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware since fall 2007. She received her doctorate in American Studies from the Union Institute and University in 2005. During the 2006-2007 academic year, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Scholarly Information Resources and Africana Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on the complex negotiations of race and identity within the historical and contemporary realities of people of African-Native ancestry in the United States.