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Race, Gender, Miscegentation

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    Race, Gender and Miscegenation  in Early America
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    Race used to create a system of  subordination and cooptation. Women’s bodies were key in this attempt. The racial caste/class system has its roots  in early America but it was a gradual  process.
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    Purpose was to: Maintain a system of power based on race. Nations economy became dependent on this  caste/class system, which has changed  over  time as a result of slavery and immigration,  etc… The key to its success lay in the ability to  control, sexual relations, deny citizenship and  full property rights.
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    Tensions in Black and White according to Lerone Bennett 1609 Whitechapel Sermon, Virginia Sex between whites and uncircumcised “Heathens”  was forbidden. 1630 Hugh Davis (white male), was whipped… “before an assemblage of Negroes and others for  abusing himself to the dishonor of God and the  shame of Christians by defiling his body in lying  with a Negro.”p. 300
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    1670 White women were whipped for   “lying with a Negro”, after-which they too  were often sold off into slavery.
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    However Bennett asserts that white people.. In those days did not know they were  white.
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