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Veil and VowMarriage Matters in Contemporary African American Culture$
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Aneeka Ayanna Henderson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651767

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651767.001.0001

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Monstrous Marriage

Monstrous Marriage

(p.117) Chapter Four Monstrous Marriage
Veil and Vow

Aneeka Ayanna Henderson

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter explicates Sapphire's novel 1996 Push, alongside the 1996 Welfare Reform Act, 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, Farrakhan's 1993 book Torchlight for America, and Sweet Honey in the Rock's 1983 song Testimony in order to unmask the political burden placed on African American marriage and Black love. It illustrates the ways in which touting marriage and heteropatriarchal family as a political responsibility enables intimate partner violence or domestic abuse.

Keywords:   Sapphire, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Louis Farrakhan, Heteropatriarchal family, Intimate partner violence, Domestic abuse, African American marriage, Black love, 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, 1996 Welfare Reform Act

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