New PDF release: Affect and Power: Essays On Sex, Slavery, Race, and Religion

By David J. Libby, Paul Spickard, Susan Ditto

ISBN-10: 1423732006

ISBN-13: 9781423732006

ISBN-10: 1578067693

ISBN-13: 9781578067695

In 1968, Winthrop D. Jordan released his groundbreaking paintings White Over Black: American Attitudes towards the Negro, 1550-1812 and spread out new avenues for considering intercourse, slavery, race, and faith in American tradition. Over the process a forty-year occupation on the collage of California and the collage of Mississippi, he endured to write down approximately those concerns and to coach others to imagine in new methods approximately interactions of race, gender, religion, and tool. Written through former scholars of Jordan, those essays are a tribute to the occupation of 1 of America's nice thinkers and maybe the main influential American historian of his iteration. The e-book visits historic locales from Puritan New England and French Louisiana to nineteenth-century long island and Mississippi, all of the option to Harlem swing golf equipment and school campuses within the 20th century. within the approach, authors hearken to the voices of abolitionists and white supremacists, preachers and politicos, white farm girls and black sorority sisters, slaves, and jazz musicians. each one essay represents a huge contribution to the collection's better subject matters and whilst illustrates the impression Jordan exerted at the scholarly lifetime of each one writer. jointly, those items reveal the attentiveness to aspect and sensitivity to assets which are hallmarks of Jordan's personal paintings. David J. Libby, San Antonio, Texas, is the writer of Slavery and Frontier Mississippi: 1720-1835 (University Press of Mississippi). Paul Spickard, Santa Barbara, California, is the co-editor of Racial considering within the usa: Uncompleted Independence and the writer of combined Blood: Intermarriage and Ethnic id in Twentieth-Century the US. Susan Ditto, Oxford, Mississippi, is the affiliate editor of Mississippi girls: Their Histories, Their Lives.

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The entire transcript was published in a 330-page soft cover book within three weeks of the verdict. At least a dozen pamphlets debated the case, as did local and national news publications. The fullness of the testimony and its wide distribution allowed a throng of people to participate in defining, interpreting, rationalizing or condemning sexual harassment. Two themes dominated the public discussion. One focused on the women’s testimonies and the inappropriate familiarities. Why did the women not complain at the time?

Antebellum sexual attitudes, merging with objective conditions and with ideas about power and civilization, guided abolitionists as they looked southward. But in many of their beliefs abolitionists were hardly unique. Antislavery moved to much larger rhythms of public concern. If abolitionists worried about licentiousness and the decline of order, so did those who opposed them in anti-antislavery mobs, fearful that emancipation would upset conventional social relations and promote miscegenation.

Abolitionists were not alone in their preoccupations. They were very much children of antebellum America, less unique in their anxieties and hopes than in the embodiment they found for those anxieties and hopes. The problem of why certain individuals became abolitionists while others, of similar backgrounds, did not is a task for those who can untangle personal motivation. Equally important to understand is the function antislavery played for abolitionists. For them, slavery summed up discontents that were social, personal, and far more general than the South’s peculiar institution.

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