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Mysteries of SexTracing Women and Men through American History$
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Mary P. Ryan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780807830628

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876688_ryan

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How Did Race Get Colored?

How Did Race Get Colored?

Gender and Sexuality in the American South

(p.103) Chapter 3 How Did Race Get Colored?
Mysteries of Sex

Mary P. Ryan

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the role of sexuality and related gender practices in constructing racial boundaries in the United States. It describes the role of gender in the process of racial formation and the slave labor force, arguing that the male gender was placed marginally above the female on the social hierarchy of the slave community. This is followed by a discussion of the reconstruction of race and gender following the Civil War. The chapter also examines the role of sex and gender in racial subordination.

Keywords:   sexuality, gender practices, racial boundaries, racial formation, slave labor force, slave community, Civil War, racial subordination

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