White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South

This book is the first to explore the history of a powerful category of illicit sex in America s past liaisons between Southern white women and black men 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 responsesThis book is the first to explore the history of a powerful category of illicit sex in America s past liaisons between Southern white women and black men 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 1681, 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 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.
White Women Black Men Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth Century South This book is the first to explore the history of a powerful category of illicit sex in America s past liaisons between Southern white women and black men Martha Hodes tells a series of stories about s

  • Title: White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South
  • Author: Martha Hodes
  • ISBN: 9780300077506
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South”

    1. Really great book that details the lives and struggles of white women and African American men who engaged in sexual relationships. She details the stories of three separate couples; beginning in the 17th century and spanning through the years after Reconstruction. I had to read this for class but found it to be incredibly interesting. The hardships and cruelty that not only African American men faced, as well as poor white women, were horrendous. Great book for those interested in the time peri [...]

    2. This book chronicles the changing state in relationships between white women and black men. While society always disapproved of these relationships in the South, violent reactions to them were uncommon until the post-Civil War era, mostly due to the fact that the majority of black men in the relationships were slaves and thus considered property. Violent reprisals against black men were used to maintain the antebellum power structure in the South after the Civil War. Hodes combines insightful re [...]

    3. * Understanding Oppression: African American Rights (Then and Now)White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South by Martha Hodes | This book is the first to explore the history of a powerful category of illicit sex in America's past: liaisons between Southern white women and black men. #slavery #relationships #history

    4. An excellent look at the history of interracial relationships beginning in the early days of European settlement of the US> Hodes navigates a sensitive subject with grace while maintaining the integrity of the stories she tells. I recommend it to anyone interested in women/racial history in the US.

    5. Really interesting historical unearthing of a little known facet of slave society. Not at all dry, imminently readable.

    6. Very very insightful book. It got better as the book went along. Getting the information for this book must have been tough. I enjoyed this book.

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