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Black Peril, White Virtue: Sexual Crime in Southern Rhodesia, 1902-1935 Hardcover – July 22, 2000


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Jock McCulloch is a Senior Lecturer at RMIT University in Melbourne. His principle interest is in contemporary African history. Previously he has worked as a Legislative Research Specialist in foreign affairs for the Australian Parliament and has taught at various universities. His work has taken him to Algeria, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Kenya. An author of six books including Colonial Psychiatry and the "African Mind", Cambridge University Press, Jock McCulloch is now working on the history of asbestos mining in southern Africa.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; First Edition edition (July 22, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253337283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253337283
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,404,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gym lady on April 9, 2013
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The title of this book refers to a period in Rhodesian history where there was moral panic and laws passed to prevent possible sexual contact (consensual or non-consensual) between white females and native males in the colony.  Interestingly, white males were not under any enforceable laws preventing the same.  The author objectively explores actual cases in colonial Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) where blacks went to jail or were hanged for rape, attempted rape and other crimes simply because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.  One case was particularly astounding where one evening, a white lady in Umtali (now Mutare) positively identified a black man for assaulting her with intent to rape emphatically stating during the trial, "I shall never forget his face" yet as the case progressed, it turned out to be a stray pet baboon.
Another man fell off his bike and bumped a nearby white lady and he was executed for attempted sexual assault.  One young female victim was found 'virgin intacto' by the white surgeon who examined her but the accused was still convicted of rape.  Another interesting case was where a white widow accused her farm worker of attempted rape on payday and he refused to abscond and in return, accused her of offering him sexual favors in lieu of pay.  Cases of "nymphomania" among white females consorting with blacks  were attributed to "over-exposure to sunlight which was known to cause temporary hysteria" and degenerate curiosity!
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