Added: August 31, 2013 – Last updated: April 4, 2015


Author: Jacqueline M. Allain

Title: Sexual Relations Between Elite White Women and Enslaved Men in the Antebellum South

Subtitle: A Socio-Historical Analysis

Journal: Student Pulse: Online Academic Student Journal

Volume: 5

Issue: 8

Year: 2013

Pages: -

ISSN: 2153-5760 – Find a Library: Open Access Journal

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century | U.S. History | Offenders: Women; Types: Interracial Rape, Slave Rape; Victims: Men, Slaves


Link: Student Pulse (Free Access)


Abstract: »There is ample evidence of sexual relations, from rapes to what appear to be relatively symbiotic romantic partnerships, between white slave masters and black women in the Antebellum South. Much rarer were sexual relations between white women and black slave men, yet they too occurred. Using an intersectional socio-historical analysis, this paper explores the factors that contributed or may have contributed to the incidence of sexual encounters between elite white women and slave men, the power dynamics embedded in them, and their implications in terms of sexual consent. The paper demonstrates how upper-class white women who engaged in these relationships used sex as an instrument of power, simultaneously perpetuating both white supremacy and patriarchy.« (Source: Student Pulse)


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