Quadroon

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Quadroon is a term derived from the Spanish language word cuarterón, from cuarto, "quarter", from Latin quartus. It refers to a person with 3 European grandparents and one African; being 1/4 "black" ancestry. This term is considered obsolete and is no longer in general use.

This was part of a race classification used in the Spanish and French colonies in the New World, and to some extent also used in the Southern United States in the 19th century.

Quadroons were considered "colored" and often subject to slavery in the colonial era. The French writer Alexandre Dumas, père was a quadroon and, in spite of his talent and popularity had to endure racism.

Civil War: Black

It is also important to note that, during the American Civil War, one was considered "black" if he or she had any black ancestry at all.

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