HUMAN 1C Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: John Vanderlyn, Jane Mccrea, Carnal Knowledge

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1 May 2017
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Introduction and overview legal and social definitions of rape racialization of sexual coercion: social power = sexual power rape as political tool. Real rape v. reality of rape: social power defines the act of coercing sex. At court: testimony makes race interpret evidence through racial lens: slaves can"t testify black defendant, hannah beebe, ct, 1756, elizabeth truax, de, 1792, white defendant, christiana waggoner, pa, 1783, court not satisfied with her descriptions of rape. John vanderlyn, death of jane mccrea (in the american revolution), 1784 idea of native american men as rapists. Myth of the hypersexual black rapist: myth of slave rebellions, idea that black men will go out to rape white women, no evidence, slaves are focused on freedom lynching (1880s+) Racism and rape: alexander steele, florida frontier, 1792, white men did not offer any such insults to their women .

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