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When rape was legal : the untold history of sexual violence during slavery

Author: Rachel A Feinstein
Publisher: New York, NY : Routledge, 2019. ©2019
Series: New critical viewpoints on society series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Solely focuses on the widespread rape perpetrated against enslaved black women by white men in the United States. The routine practice of sexual violence against enslaved black women by white men, the motivations for this rape, and the legal context that enabled this violence are all explored and scrutinized. Enlightening analysis found that rape was not merely a result of sexual desire and opportunity, or simply a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Feinstein, Rachel A.
When rape was legal.
New York : Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, [2018]
(DLC) 2018009653
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel A Feinstein
ISBN: 9781138629677 1138629677 9781138629684 1138629685
OCLC Number: 975485199
Description: xvii, 89 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The voices of black women and black men : why sexual violence by white men was rampant during slavery --
White masculinity and sexual violence against enslaved black women --
White women's role in sexual violence of enslaved black women --
The power of language : white women's divorce petitions --
Racialized and gendered sexual violence today.
Series Title: New critical viewpoints on society series.
Responsibility: Rachel A. Feinstein.

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Solely focuses on the widespread rape perpetrated against enslaved black women by white men in the United States. The routine practice of sexual violence against enslaved black women by white men, the motivations for this rape, and the legal context that enabled this violence are all explored and scrutinized. Enlightening analysis found that rape was not merely a result of sexual desire and opportunity, or simply a form of punishment and racial domination, but instead encompassed all of these dimensions as part of the identity of white masculinity. This provocative text highlights the significant role that white women played in enabling sexual violence against enslaved black women through a variety of responses and, at time, through their lack of response to the actions of the white men in their lives. Significantly, this book finds that sexual violence against enslaved black women was a widespread form of oppression used to perform white masculinity and reinforce an intersectional hierarchy.

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Dr. Feinstein in When Rape was Legal, combines the use of multiple archival sources with her theoretically informed and insightful analysis of the largely overlooked issue of the rape of enslaved Read more...

 
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