About the author: Daniel J. Sharfstein is an associate professor of law at Vanderbilt University. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he has been awarded fellowships in legal history from Harvard, New York University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has written for The Yale Law Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, and other publications. He lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee.
"[A]stonishingly detailed rendering of the complexity of racial experience in an evolving national culture moving from slavery to segregation to civil rights." -New York Times Book Review
"[A] . . . . The Invisible Line is not only a work of serious scholarship based on exhaustive archival research but an immensely satisfying read. The only dissatisfaction comes from acknowledging the pain, shame, and anger that forced some Americans to deny part of who they really were." -Boston Globe
"...Succeeds brilliantly in showing us that before politics began hardening colour lines in the run-up to the civil war, pragmatism often trumped prejudice...[W]hat makes this book a must-read are Sharfstein's revelations about antebellum America." -Financial Times
"This book overthrows nearly everything Americans thought they knew about race." -Melissa Fay Greene, author of Praying for Sheetrock and There Is No Me Without You