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colour line

the social separation of racial groups within a community (esp in the phrase to cross the colour line)
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  • I might fix up a black gin for him, but I suppose he'd draw the colour line.

    Children of the Bush Henry Lawson
  • The colour line is drawn, but neither race knows just where it is.

    Following the Color Line Ray Stannard Baker
  • In tropical countries the line of caste will soon cease to be the colour line.

    The Fijians Basil Thomson
  • In Brazil no social "colour line" is sharply drawn, and the fusion of whites and blacks by intermarriage goes steadily on.

  • And here I found one of the first evidences of the colour line for which I was looking.

    Following the Color Line Ray Stannard Baker
  • I never could understand how he knew just where to draw the colour line, since the Indian and I were of about the same complexion.

    Up From Slavery: An Autobiography Booker T. Washington
  • But there is no "colour line," although, naturally, the purest European blood is found among the upper and governing classes.

  • After I had begun to trace the colour line I found evidences of it everywhere—literally in every department of life.

    Following the Color Line Ray Stannard Baker
  • Nothing surely could throw a more vivid light on colour line confusions in the South than this story.

    Following the Color Line Ray Stannard Baker
  • Generally speaking, the radical party has fought every movement of any sort that tends to draw a colour line.

    Following the Color Line Ray Stannard Baker

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