Martha Hodes. New Haven: Yale University Press, In , a minister of the Gloria Dei Church in Philadelphia refused to marry an interracial couple. Nevertheless these frequent mixtures will soon force matrimonial sanction. It is hard to believe that it was only a generation ago that the Supreme Court invalidated state laws prohibiting racial intermarriage.
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White Women, Black Men | Yale University Press
Access options available:. Its place in the culture was powerful, pervasive, and persistent, and its violation, real or rumored, was the occasion for extraordinary violence. No one questioned its history, which everyone knew began with the advent of African slavery in the New World. Or so we thought. In her provocative, carefully researched, and prize-winning study, Hodes dispels such casual assumptions. Her argument rests on evidence painstakingly compiled in a breathtaking display of historical sleuthing.
White Women, Black Men
Enter your mobile number or email 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, enter your mobile phone number. 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.
This is a great book for those interested in African American history, women's studies, the Civil War, or the history of race relations in the U. A brilliant work, imaginatively researched and well written. Highly recommended. An enthralling book.