White Women, Black Men

Illicit Sex in the Nineteenth-Century South
Author(s): 
Hodes, Martha
ISBN: 
0300069707
Date published: 
May 1999
Hardback
Price: 
£22.50
Pages: 
352

This book is the first to explore the history of a powerful category of illicit sex in America's past: liaisons between Southern white women and black men. In telling a series of stories about such liaisons in the years before the Civil War, Martha Hodes explores the complex ways in which white Southerners tolerated these relationships in the slave South, and shows how and why these responses changed with emancipation.