Sex, Love, Race: Crossing Boundaries in North American History

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Martha Elizabeth Hodes
NYU Press, Jan 1, 1999 - History - 542 pages
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"In editing this collection, Martha Hodes has performed an invaluable service to those of us in the profession who endeavor to teach what has been the focus of our own scholarship: race and sex."
The Journal of Southern History"Important. . . . The breadth of human experience and historical subfields traversed by the authors is astonishing."
Journal of Social History"Hodes has compiled a thoughtful collection of essays which explore the implications of interracial sexual activity from the colonial period To The late 20th century."
Virginia Quarterly ReviewSince pre-colonial days, America has been both torn apart and united by love, sex, and marriage across racial boundaries. Whether motivated by violent conquest, economics, lust, or love, such unions have disturbed some of America's most sacred beliefs and prejudices. Sex, Love, Race provides a historical foundation for contemporary discussions of sex across racial lines, which, despite the numbers of interracial marriages and multiracial children, remains a controversial issue today. The first historical anthology to focus solely and widely on the subject,Sex, Love, Racegathers new essays by both younger and well-known scholars which probe why and how the specter of sex across racial boundaries has so threatened Americans of all colors and classes. Traversing the whole of American history, from liaisons among Indians, Europeans, and Africans to twentieth-century social scientists' fascination with sex between "Orientals" and whites, The essays cover a range of regions, races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. In so doing,Sex, Love, Racesketches a larger portrait of the overlapping construction of racial, ethnic, and sexual identities in America.
  

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Contents

Interconnecting and Diverging Narratives
1
The Hidden History of Mestizo America
10
Metissage and the Regulation
35
Sexual Power among African
60
Indian and African American
72
AngloIndian Sexual
91
The Regulation of Interracial Sex
112
Comparative Sexual
141
Intermarriage in White Womens Civil
254
Race Gender and Sexual
267
Marriage Power
331
Race Class
373
Sexuality Nationalism
399
Race Class and the Construction of
423
Fascination with Sex between Orientals
444
Miscegenation Law Court Cases and Ideologies of Race
464

Class Power and Identity in
164
The Discourse of Interracial Sex and Reform in Antebellum
191
An Elite Biracial Daughters Quandary
213
Civil War and Reconstruction
237
Sarah Patton Boyle and the T J Sellers
491
Black Peace Corps
514
Index
531
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About the author (1999)

Martha Hodes is Assistant Professor of History at New York University and author of White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century American South.

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