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Terror in the Heart of Freedom – Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Postemancipation South - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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Terror in the Heart of Freedom: Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Postemancipation South

Hannah Rosen

Abstract

The meaning of race in the antebellum southern United States was anchored in the racial exclusivity of slavery (coded as black) and full citizenship (coded as white as well as male). These traditional definitions of race were radically disrupted after emancipation, when citizenship was granted to all persons born in the United States and suffrage was extended to all men. This book argues that in this critical moment of Reconstruction, contests over the future meaning of race were often fought on the terrain of gender. Sexual violence—specifically, white-on-black rape—emerged as a critical aren ... More

Keywords: race, southern United States, slavery, citizenship, Reconstruction, sexual violence, rape, African American citizenship, social equality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807832028
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807888568_rosen

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Hannah Rosen, author

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Contents

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Part One A City of Refuge: Emancipation in Memphis, 1862–1866

Part Two A State of Mobilization: Politics in Arkansas, 1865–1868

Part Three Region of Terror Violence in the South, 1865–1876