[PW] New York Times Article About Earliest Use of Term "African-American"

Jerilyn Marshall jerilyn.marshall at uni.edu
Wed Apr 22 13:33:23 PDT 2015

About the word "sable," I would think that in this context ("the sable
race") it refers to the color black, not the furry animal. The OED has
found examples of "sable" meaning "black" in heraldry and other places
going back to the 14th century.


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