From Daniel J. Sharfsteins The Invisible Line, which chronicles the sometimes brutal history of three families as they journey, over the course of generations, across American color lines.
Oberlin, Ohio, September 1858
Abig man stands out in a small town. Anderson Jennings was over six feet tall, full bearded, a prime specimen of what was known as a "buffalo bull."
When he appeared in the village of Oberlin, people instantly seemed to know who he was and where he was from. Amid the muted tones of Ohio, his Kentucky accent sounded like a fiddle out of tune. Oberlin was a college town and religious settlement, a quiet community of learning and prayer. But Jennings …