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MULATTO. A person born of one white and one black parent. 7 Mass. R. 88; 2 Bailey, 558.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Strickland had downed the mulatto twice, and the mulatto, sober, was a man to be reckoned with.
The men gathered round him, as he began to play `My Old Kentucky Home.' They sang one Negro melody after another, while the mulatto sat rocking himself, his head thrown back, his yellow face lifted, his shrivelled eyelids never fluttering.
He deemed it advisable, however, not to be too positive as to the date of the direful fact, and also to be uncertain whether it were perpetrated by an Irishman and a mulatto, or by the son of Erin alone.
Among the dancers are two young mulatto girls, with large, black, drooping eyes, and head- gear after the fashion of the hostess, who are as shy, or feign to be, as though they never danced before, and so look down before the visitors, that their partners can see nothing but the long fringed lashes.
"One would think that the sole purpose of that fiend- ish gale had been to make a lunatic of that poor devil of a mulatto. It eased before morning, and next day the sky cleared, and as the sea went down the leak took up.
I have stayed in a house where a young household mulatto, daily and hourly, was reviled, beaten, and persecuted enough to break the spirit of the lowest animal.
Burdick acknowledges that "during every major [Latin American and Caribbean] slave revolt of the nineteenth century mulattos sided with the whites" (1375).
In the oral tradition of Rio Pongo, it goes by the name of the War of the Mulattos (Mulati guere in Susu) since it was in fact a war between the mulatto slave traders and the local chiefs.
Relations among whites and blacks, the existence of African slaves, mestizos, and mulattos posed another key set of racial issues in the New World, as: "in white supremacist patriarchy, that relationship which most threatened to disrupt, challenge, and dismantle white power [and] its concomitant social order was the legalized union between a white man and a black woman" (240).
Her show is entitled "Africans, Tragic Mulattos, Anomalies, and Rap," and compared with the sort of subtlety found in the work of, say, David Hammons or Ellen Gallagher, Saar is a bull in the racial china shop.
In 1849, the Oregon Territorial Assembly passed an Exclusion Act, forbidding `negroes and mulattos' to enter or reside in the State.
Among other things, he discovered that the percentage of mulattos owning real estate was nearly four times greater than the percentage of blacks owning real estate.