Terror in the Heart of Freedom Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Postemancipation South
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The meaning of race in the antebellum southern United States was anchored in the racial exclusivity of slavery (coded as black) and full citizenship (coded as white as well as male). These traditional definitions of race were radically disrupted after emancipation, when citizenship was granted to all persons born in the United States and suffrage was extended to all men. Hannah Rosen persuasively argues that in this critical moment of Reconstruction, contests over the future meaning of race were often fought on the terrain of gender. Sexual violence-specifically, white-on-black rape-emerged as a critical arena in postemancipation struggles over African American citizenship. Analyzing the…
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/1/2009
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Hannah Rosen is assistant professor in the Program in American Culture and the Women's Studies Department at the University of Michigan.
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