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Sex, love, race : crossing boundaries in North American history
Hodes, Martha Elizabeth.
Publication Information:
New York : New York University Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
xvi, 542 pages : illustrations, map ; 26 cm
The hidden history of Mestizo America / G.B. Nash -- "They need wives" : Métissage and the regulation of sexuality in French Louisiana, 1699-1730 / J.M. Spear -- The pastor and the prostitute : sexual power among African Americans and Germans in colonial New York / G.R. Hodges -- The saga of Sarah Muckamugg : Indian and African American intermarriage in colonial New England -- Eroticizing the middle ground : Anglo-Indian sexual relations along the 18th century frontier / R. Godbeer -- "Shamefull matches" : the regulation of interracial sex and marriage in the South before 1900 / P.W. Bardaglio -- Lines of color, sex, and service : comparative sexual coercion in early America / S. Block -- Unfixing race : class, power, and identity in an interracial family / T.E. Buckley -- From Abolitionist amalgamators to "Rulers of the Five Points" : the discourse of interracial sex and reform in antebellum New York City / L.M. Harris -- White pain pollen : an elite biracial daughter's quandary / J.B. Bradley & K.A. Leslie -- Misshapen identity : memory, folklore, and the legend of Rachel Knight / V.E. Bynum -- Still waiting : intermarriage in white women's civil war novels / L.C. Sizer -- "Not that sort of women" : race, gender, and sexual violence during the Memphis riot of 1866 / H. Rosen -- The disappearance of Susan Daniel and Henderson Cooper : gender and narratives of political conflict in the reconstruction-era U.S. South / L.F. Edwards.

Livestock, boundaries, and public space in Spartanburg : African American men, elite white women, and the spectacles of conjugal relations / S. Nelson -- Accomplished ladies and coyotes : marriage, power, and straying from the flock in territorial New Mexico, 1880-1920 / P. Mitchell -- The reform of rape law and the problem of white men : age-of-consent campaigns in the South, 1885-1910 / L.K. Dunlap -- The appeal of Cole Blease of South Carolina : race, class, and sex in the New South / B. Simon -- Remapping the black/white body : sexuality, nationalism, and biracial antimiscegnation activism in 1920s Virginia / B. Bair -- The prison lesbian : race, class, and the construction of the aggressive female homosexual, 1915-1965 / E.B. Freedman -- Mixing bodies and culture : the meaning of America's fascination with sex between "Orientals" and "Whites" / H. Yu -- Miscegenation law, court cases, and ideologies of "Race" in twentieth-century America / P. Pascoe -- Speaking of race : Sarah Patton Boyle and the "T.J. Sellers Course for Backward Southern Whites" / J. Ritterhouse -- Crossing oceans, crossing colors : Black Peace Corps volunteers and interracial love in Africa, 1961-1971 / J. Zimmerman.

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Since 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, Race gathers 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, Race, sketches a larger portrait of the overlapping construction of racial, ethnic, and sexual identities in America.