Affect and Power: Essays On Sex, Slavery, Race, and Religion by David J. Libby, Paul Spickard, Susan Ditto

By David J. Libby, Paul Spickard, Susan Ditto

In 1968, Winthrop D. Jordan released his groundbreaking paintings White Over Black: American Attitudes towards the Negro, 1550-1812 and unfolded new avenues for brooding about intercourse, slavery, race, and faith in American tradition. Over the process a forty-year occupation on the college of California and the college 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 gear. Written via former scholars of Jordan, those essays are a tribute to the profession of 1 of America's nice thinkers and maybe the main influential American historian of his iteration. The publication visits historic locales from Puritan New England and French Louisiana to nineteenth-century manhattan and Mississippi, the entire approach to Harlem swing golf equipment and faculty campuses within the 20th century. within the procedure, 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 an immense contribution to the collection's higher topics and whilst illustrates the impression Jordan exerted at the scholarly lifetime of each one writer. jointly, those items show 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 USA. Susan Ditto, Oxford, Mississippi, is the affiliate editor of Mississippi girls: Their Histories, Their Lives.

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Abolitionists seem crankish, or quaint, for the various fads and reforms they drifted into. Yet many of these auxiliary causes fit the same mold as Civilization and Sexuality in American Abolitionism 17 antislavery, indicating that abolitionists were driven as much by a generalized desire to control the “animal nature” standing between man and civilization as they were by a specific quarrel with the South, which was only the worst of offenders, the logical extension of human depravity. Time after time abolitionists turned their guns toward the same lack of restraint in the North, or in individuals, as they imagined in the South.

Mrs. Beare sat next to Onderdonk in a carriage on their way to her husband’s church, with her mother-in-law and nephew in front. When the bishop put his arm around her and pressed her bosom, she shrank away from him. She told her husband soon after, who tersely advised her to keep civil but distant. Onderdonk accompanied them home for dinner. There, in the presence of her mother-in-law, the bishop lifted Mrs. ”10 Yet she was unsettled and wary. Hours later, in another carriage ride with the husband and nephew in the front seat, Mrs.

Beare came under assault: The Bishop put his arm around my waist; then raised it, and put it across the back of my neck; he thrust his hand into the neck of my dress, down in my bosom. I threw his hand from there; he immediately put it upon the lower part of my person. 11 The carriage was in the lane at the Beare’s house at this point, and the wife alighted and sought her husband’s help.

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