Four student readings explore the sensitive and controversial issues of race, interracial sex and interracial marriage--including the Jefferson-Hemings relationship and Michelle Barack's ancestry. The student readings below explore the sensitive and controversial issues of race, interracial sex and interracial marriage. The first reading uses Louisiana Justice of the Peace Keith Bardwell's recent refusal to marry an interracial couple as the starting point for a discussion of the concept of "race," including the contrast between the social and conventional reality of race and the scientific reality. Following an account of the Jefferson-Hemings relationship are two readings on the American heritage of interracial relations, including in First Lady Michelle Obama's ancestry.
The American Heritage of Race, Interracial Sex & interracial Marriage
Race, Sex, and Interracial Intimacy in American Literature
This provocative book examines the representation of characters of mixed African and European descent in the works of African American and European American writers of the 19th century. The importance of mulatto figures as agents of ideological exchange in the American literary tradition has yet to receive sustained critical attention. Jackson uncovers a vigorous discussion in 19th-century fiction about the role of racial ideology in the creation of an American identity. She analyzes the themes of race-mixing, the "mulatto," nation building, and the social fluidity of race and its imagined biological rigidity in novels by James Fenimore Cooper, Richard Hildreth, Lydia Maria Child, Frances E. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Kimberley Michelle Cook. This thesis undertakes a close examination of moving-image, pornographic material produced and released in North America between and It focuses on the representations of race in heterosexually-themed, hard-core film and video. Of particular interest are the constructions of black and white sexuality in such interracial pornography.
Judging by the laws and rhetoric of early Americans, the notion of sex across the color line struck them as repulsive, unnatural, and intolerable. White concern over the act of interracial sex can be traced to seventeenth-century colonial America. Criminalization of interracial sexual relations stood as a monument to white society's commitment to maintaining the "purity" of the white race. The ideal of racial purity proved elusive, however, as conditions in the very early years of colonial settlement simply did not permit the absolute sexual separation of the three races: indigenous Indians, African slaves, and Europeans.