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mobile or address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, mobile phone . Martha Hodes tells a series of stories about such liaisons in the years before the Civil War, explores the complex ways in which white Southerners tolerated them in the slave South, and shows how and why these responses changed with emancipation. Hodes provides details of the wedding of a white servant-woman and a slave man in , an antebellum rape accusation that uncovered a relationship between an unmarried white woman and a slave, and a divorce plea from a white farmer based on an adulterous affair between his wife and a neighborhood slave.
Drawing on sources that include courtroom testimony, legislative petitions, pardon pleas, and congressional testimony, she presents the voices of the authorities, eyewitnesses, and the transgressors themselves—and these voices seem to say that in the slave South, whites were not overwhelmingly concerned about such liaisons, beyond the racial and legal status of the children that were produced. Only with the advent of black freedom did the issue move beyond neighborhood dramas and into the arena of politics, becoming a much more serious taboo than it had ever been before. Hodes gives vivid examples of the violence that followed the upheaval of war, when black men and white women were targeted by the Ku Klux Klan and unprecedented white rage and terrorism against such liaisons began to erupt.
An era of terror and lynchings was inaugurated, and the legacy of these sexual politics lingered well into the twentieth century. Read less. . Print length. Yale University Press. Publication date. January 11, See all details. Next . Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Frequently bought together. Total price:. To see our price, add these items to your cart. Some of these items ship sooner than the others. Show details Hide details. Choose items to buy together.
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There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. I read and used this book as part of the historiography for a research project I just completed. Hodes provides truly groundbreaking research and insight to the scholarship of American slavery. Historians from the midth century offer an approach that focuses the experience of the slave master; therefore dismissing or glossing over these taboo relationships Hodes uncovers in her book.
The past few decades have offered an emergence of feminist historians, like Hodes, who delve into these illicit encounters. I found this book to be highly "readable," as I got caught up in reading it during my spare time prior to implementing it into my own work. A very good read on a very complex topic. One person found this helpful. Interesting but same information over and over. Was expecting more details and different stories. Very interesting collection of examples of the "taboo" subject of interracial relationships in the highly volatile environment of the slave-holding South.
Though provoking. I don't think I have ever read an of such and intriguing antebellum topic with so many primary sources used. The majority of the book is based on court documents from Virginia and Appalachia. It's really quiet amazing how common liaisons between different races were in this time period and oddly how tolerated they were. This book definitely changed my perception about southern society at this time. Clear language covering a broad period and geographic area. A good foray into the legal context and variety of responses in various areas of the south.
Very informative book. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. I always wanted to read about the American South and its history with race. I am at a loss as to say why I bought this book or even how I found it.
When I did found it, I flipped through and thought that I would be quite interesting. The history of sexuality is very interesting, but looking at the influence of race and class in the American South with regard to sexuality made the study even more interesting. I could go on for a few paragraphs to say what was good and bad, but it would be too long. It was a fantastic read! Hodes looks at a topic that most people tend to think little of, or if they do are only thinking in terms of what they watched on TV, saw in a novel or the Internet.
She looks at the topic in a very intelligent way. She takes class and race together to explain both toleration and hatred to interracial relationships in the American South. She is able to show the influence of both class and notions of race within the time period being discussed. I am at a loss for words as to say how amazing this book was, completely changing my perception of interracial relationships in the American south in both slavery and emancipation. What I think Hodes missed was on how much information was provided about the women involved in these relationships.
She does discuss their class and predicament but lacks the actual reason as to why some women chose to have such relations. Moreover there is a lack of after the news broke in the town as to what happened to the woman, if she was ostracized, married another man, had any children and so on. Hodes tends to just stop at the verdict of the court cases. I heavily suggest that when reading to pay close attention to the introduction and why she uses the word toleration over tolerance.
This in turn provides a way to look at her arguments and what her sources and history is trying to say about this topic. Always keep in mind, the importance of class and race during this time to the people, but look beyond the reason of just love for why such relationships arose marriage during most of history had a lot more to with class, and economics rather than love. Read carefully and look beyond simple reasons to answer why. Report abuse.
Guess I expected something more salacious. The tone was quite bland, wouldn't have bought it had I known. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? s with related products. See and discover other items: south africa history , best picture books for boys , black boy books for children. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations. View or edit your browsing history. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Make Money with Us. Amazon Payment Products. Let Us Help You. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.Making love with a black man
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