Challenging notions of race and sexuality presumed to have originated and flourished in the slave south diane miller sommerville traces the evolution of white southerners fears of black rape by examining actual cases of black on white rape throughout the nineteenth century. Rape and race in the nineteenth century south review mary block journal of interdisciplinary history volume 38 number 1 summer 2007 pp 138 140 review. Sommerville analyzes black on white rape cases of the 19th century south challenging the notion that race was the sole agent in shaping white ideology on this issue. In rape and race in the nineteenth century south diane miller sommerville develops a theme common to southern womens history currently that the slave south was about more than just race and that the boundaries of gender and class were particularly important in shaping southern society throughout the century. Male on male rape the hidden toll of stigma and shame michael scarce foreword by william b rubenstein
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