Jacquet 2013 Violence

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Author: Catherine O. Jacquet

Title: The Giles-Johnson Case and the Changing Politics of Sexual Violence in the 1960s United States

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Journal: Journal of Women's History

Volume: 25

Issue: 3

Year: Fall 2013

Pages: 188-211

ISSN: 1042-7961 – Find a Library: WordCat | eISSN: 1527-2036 – Find a Library: WordCat

Language: English

Keywords: 20th Century | U.S. History | Prosecution: False Accusations, Wrong Convictions, Cases: Offenders / James V. Giles, John G. Giles, Joseph Johnson, Cases: Victims / Joyce Roberts, Offenders: Death Penalty, Types: Interracial Rape

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Abstract: »The historical scholarship on black-on-white rape has focused mainly on the oppression of black men and firmly cast white women only as false accusers. While radically politicized groups like communists in the 1930s and civil rights activists in the 1950s deployed the trope of the lying white woman to defend black men accused of rape, by the mid-twentieth century the mainstream culture began to embrace this rhetoric. I am interested in how a new consensus was formed around this rhetoric and what that meant for movements that organized for justice around sexual violence. In this article, I use the Giles-Johnson case, an instance of alleged black-on-white sexual violence, to examine how white mainstream America embraced the trope of the lying white woman at this time. This article challenges the assumptions of the false claim and begins to examine the complex interplay of racialized and sexualized constructions in cases of black-on-white rape.« [Source: Journal of Women's History]


  “Something should be done to try to get this sentence changed”: Organizing the Giles-Johnson Defense Committee (p. 191)
  Committing the “unpardonable crime of racism”: The Giles-Johnson Case and Race (p. 194)
  “An incredible record of sexual promiscuity”: The Case Against Joyce Roberts (p. 198)
  “Frame-ups by white women”: Legal and Cultural Constructions of the Lying Woman (p. 201)
  Appealing the Convictions of the Giles Brothers: Joyce Roberts as a Lying White Woman (p. 203)
  Conclusion (p. 204)
  Notes (p. 205)

Added: September 21, 2013 | Last updated: September 28, 2013