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QUADROON. A person who is descended from a white person, and another person who has an equal mixture of the European and African blood. 2 Bailey, 558. Vide Mulatto.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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An octoroon, Mother's race becomes a key factor in her performance of identity.
Circling around the prima donna April Marches, the fraudulent Carlos-es, and the dubious Octoroons were many writers whose work moved me to laughter and tears.
(26.) "Octoroon Girls Not Wanted in Melbourne," Australian Women's Weekly, September 8, 1934, 16, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article47478100, accessed March 16, 2012.
(9) Katy Chiles, 'Blackened Irish and Brownfaced Amerindians: Constructions of American Whiteness in Dion Boucicault's The Octoroon, Nineteenth-Century Theatre and Film, 31 (2004), 28-50; Scott Boltwood, '"The Ineffaceable Curse of Cain": Race, Miscegenation, and the Victorian Staging of Irishness, Victorian Literature and Culture, 29 (2001), 383-96.
He constructs his story along the lines of male-female relationships: Bon-Judith, Bon-the octoroon, provoking the required conflict in the plot by intersecting them.
The rebellious actions of Charles Bon's octoroon son, who marries the blackest woman he can find, exemplify how socialization defined face as much as vice versa.
Define the terms quadroon and octoroon. What was the "one-drop rule"?
A century ago, the nation saw itself in a range of hues: The 1890 Census included categories for racial mixtures such as quadroon (one-fourth black) and octoroon (one-eighth black).
The Sweeter the Juice, Laura Love and Orville Johnson (Octoroon Biography/OJM): Laura Love's unique hybrid of bluegrass, funk and folk has long been a favorite of mine.
He quoted a passage from it in Tropic of Cancer: "Not forgetting Rodin, the evil genius of The Wandering Jew, who practiced his nefarious ways 'until the day when he was enflamed and outwitted by the octoroon Cecily'" (43).
My mother, whose maiden name was Ogden, told us she was German Dutch but occasionally she would claim that she was an octoroon. (34) I realize now that this deception, which no one really took seriously, was an expression of desire.
His list of successes is impressive: London Assurance 1841), The Colleen Bawn (1860), The Shaughran (1875), The Streets of New York and The Octoroon (1861), and The Poor of New York (1861).