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Winthrop D. Jordan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834022

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838686_jordan

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Fruits of Passion The Dynamics of Interracial Sex

Fruits of Passion The Dynamics of Interracial Sex

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(p.136) IV Fruits of Passion The Dynamics of Interracial Sex
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White Over Black
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Winthrop D. Jordan

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807838686_jordan.10

This chapter shows that the Englishmen who came to America brought with them not merely a prevalent social mood but also certain specific sexual mores and certain more or less definite ideas about African sexuality. Many of them came with more or less explicit intentions as to the proper character of the communities they wished to establish in the wilderness. These intentions were not always, or perhaps ever, fully realized; they were deflected by conditions in the New World. One of the most important deflectors was the development of a racial slavery which itself became one of the New World's “conditions,” though of course the character of this condition was not everywhere the same. Presumably all Englishmen would have had similar reactions to the attributes which set the Negro apart if they had perceived these attributes in similar contexts.

Keywords:   Englishmen, racial slavery, sexual mores, African sexuality, New World

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