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White Women, Black Men: Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South Paperback – January 11, 1999
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While the evidence is everywhere (the large numbers of American mulattoes and the fact that half of all American blacks and Native Americans have some white blood and rather incredibly about 30% of all whites have some black blood: How did it get that way? -- not through the White woman-Black man route, for sure.
There is a great deal to chew on here. Among others, it puts to rest the old myth of the wild black buck rapist. Many, if not most of the blacks lynched for rape were certifiably engaged in love affairs discovered and exposed too soon, with predictable consequences: The black man usually ended up paying the ultimate price to protect the reputation of his white female lover. But in many such instances the woman refused to take the "he raped me defense" and openly declared her love for her illicit black mate, and as a result, also suffered the inevitable consequences -effective expulsion from the white race.
When the other half of this sordid story comes to the fore - the "goings-on in the dark" between white men and black women -- only then can we truly say that America is coming of age. Five stars
As I was reading the book, I could not help but think of color as being 'everything.'
Considering that the 'white' skin was an item of power for the woman, it is indeed fascinating as to what would motivate the white women described in the book to love a 'negro' man. Especially, if that 'negro' man was a slave. I would like to believe the white 'ladies' (yes, I use that word) knew what the 'position' the man held in society. And I would like to believe the ladies knew what 'position' she would now hold in society. Thus, some of the tragic events described in the book.
I did like the chronological flow of the book and the reference back to earlier times as was warranted when coming to the end of the nineteenth century (nearly modern times).
Of course, a subject like this would have to be absolutely rigorously researched. And, it does appear that Ms. Hodes really did her job in that respect.
I will admit to being surprised that it was not until the immediate run-up and after the Civil War that 'automatic' murder/lynching of black men occrred with impunity. I had thought that there was 'automatic' lynching of any black man that 'knew' a white woman.
It is too bad that we do not have a fuller record of the 'voiceless' men.
As I was reading the book and referring to the notes, I could not help but think just kind of courage it took to cross color 'lines.'
No matter what, it does seem that sex, lust, and love (the order is deliberate) is just something that cannot be legislated, beat, or murdered away.
Reading the book certainly had me thinking about what 'freedom' means.Read more ›
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the problem with this book is it is mostly about black men charged with rape or rapping under age white females not about consensual relationships
how many Black women were... Read more
Classic revisionism. The race concept didn't apply until the 1860s. So called blacks still were in power of the south until 1854 and even after the civil war it took the kkk & 100... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Donald Ghost
Don't waste your money. A whole lot of useless information. Seriously, why would anyone go to so much trouble to write about interracial relationships from the past in such detail? Read morePublished 16 months ago by Nellie