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Affect and Power: Essays on Sex, Slavery, Race, and Religion

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In 1968, Winthrop D. Jordan published his groundbreaking work White Over Black: American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812 and opened up new avenues for thinking about sex, slavery, race, and religion in American culture. Over the course of a forty-year career at the University of California and the University of Mississippi, he continued to write about these issues and to train others to think in new ways about interactions of race, gender, faith, and power.

Written by former students of Jordan, these essays are a tribute to the career of one of America's great thinkers and perhaps the most influential American historian of his generation. The book visits historical locales from Puritan New England and French Louisiana to nineteenth-century New York and Mississippi, all the way to Harlem swing clubs and college campuses in the twentieth century. In the process, authors listen to the voices of abolitionists and white supremacists, preachers and politicos, white farm women and black sorority sisters, slaves, and jazz musicians.

Each essay represents an important contribution to the collection's larger themes and at the same time illustrates the impact Jordan exerted on the scholarly life of each author. Collectively, these pieces demonstrate the attentiveness to detail and sensitivity to sources that are hallmarks of Jordan's own work.

David J. Libby, San Antonio, Texas, is the author of Slavery and Frontier Mississippi: 1720-1835 (University Press of Mississippi). Paul Spickard, Santa Barbara, California, is the co-editor of Racial Thinking in the United States: Uncompleted Independence and the author of Mixed Blood: Intermarriage and Ethnic Identity in Twentieth-Century America. Susan Ditto, Oxford, Mississippi, is the associate editor of Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578067695
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 3/24/2005
  • Pages: 233
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
The erotic south : civilization and sexuality in American abolitionism 3
Ministerial misdeeds : the Onderdonk trial and sexual harassment in the 1840s 25
Stallions in the churchyard : sexuality and privacy in rural Mississippi 44
Relations which might be disastrous : Natchez Indians and African slaves in French Louisiana 67
Christ in chains : slavery's negative impact on the conversion of African American slaves 84
What's critical about white studies 107
Lester Young : master of jive 126
Holding center stage : race pride and the extracurriculum at historically black colleges and universities 141
"Blessed are the peacemakers" : William Jay and the drive for international arbitration 161
Max Weber in New England 170
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