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Black Neighborhood in Ripley, Ohio

According to the "quot;one-drop rule,"quot; people whose family trees included just one known African-American ancestor were considered black under the law. But people of color themselves tended to cluster in neighborhoods around variations in color. In the cities of Ohio, for example, the poorest, least sanitary neighborhoods were populated by people with the darkest skin.

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