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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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Jasmine Mitchell, 2013 August 19

Biographical note

Jasmine Mitchell was born to an African American mother and a white American father in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Mitchell earned a B.A. in American studies from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities. She worked as an assistant professor at the State University of New York at Old Westbury.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Mitchell discusses her family; racially ambiguous appearance; experiences of racism and stereotyping; marriage to her white American husband; childhood the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn; and perceptions of crime, race, diversity and gentrification in Brooklyn, New York. Interview conducted by Jeanmarie Theobalds.

Related Archival Materials note

Oral history with Jasmine Mitchell's mother, Janise Mitchell, 2011.019.075.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library and online on the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations website: The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Bullying in schools -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Crime -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Gentrification -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Parenthood
  • Racially ambiguous people
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people
  • Racism in education

Subject Places

  • Fort Greene (New York, N.Y.)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)

Subject Uniform Title(s)

  • Gaslight gazette, the Park Slope neighborhood guide