Mulatto is someone with a white parent and a black parent. It comes from the Spanish word mulato or mule. The term was first used in 1595. In Latin America, the mulatto can be broken into categories based on hues: mulato, mulatto oscuro (dark), mulatto claro (light). In the USA, the mulatto was always presented as a tragic character, although the one-drop rule assumes them to be black.

Works Cited

Olliz-Boyd, Antonio(2001). Latin American Identity and the African Diaspora. Cambria Press, pp. 42. ISBN 1604977043, 9781604977042

Bogle, Donald(2001). Toms, coons, mulattoes, mammies, and bucks: an interpretive history of Blacks in American films. Continuum International Publishing Group, p. 9 ISBN 082641267X, 9780826412676