American History Slavery Race Gender Sex Rape Power American Slavery Abstract There is ample evidence of sexual relations, from rapes to what appear to be relatively symbiotic romantic partnerships, between white slave masters and black women in the Antebellum South. University of Massachusetts Press, ; Charles F. The Southern way of life, and the institutions that defined it—white supremacy, slavery, and the planter aristocracy—were inextricably linked with the sexual regulation of women, especially upper class women; the purity of white women, when contrasted with the sexually lascivious black Jezebel archetype, served to highlight the alleged superiority of white womanhood, and by extension, whiteness Brooks Higginbotham, , p. Hodes's overarching argument is that sexual liaisons between white women and black men were not always met with violent outrage in the South. They also allow us to observe the processes by which social hierarchies are sustained. Throughout the period of slavery in America, white society believed black women to be innately lustful beings. These markets prospered while the states were nominally under Ottoman suzerainty , though, in reality, they were mostly autonomous. Prefer another language? University Press of Florida, In addition, one slave married a white women, and at least half a dozen slaves fathered mulatto children by white maidservants during the s and s. She did not make her advances to her equals, nor even to her father's more intelligent servants. The world would resemble an amphitheatre of wild beasts. Yale University Press, According to Robert Davis, between 1 million and 1. Young, Iris Marion. Schwarz, and Lorena S.