Rape and Race in the Nineteenth-Century South

Rape and Race in the Nineteenth-Century South

Challenging notions of race and sexuality presumed to have originated and flourished in the slave South, Diane Miller Sommerville traces the evolution of white southerners' fears of black rape by examining actual cases of black-on-white rape throughout the nineteenth century.

Sommerville demonstrates that despite draconian statutes, accused black rapists frequently avoided execution or castration, largely due to intervention by members of the white community. This… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (October 12, 2005)

Page count: 432 pages

Language: English


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