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Terror in the Heart of Freedom: Citizenship, Sexual Violence, and the Meaning of Race in the Post Emancipation South

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The meaning of race in the antebellum southern United States was anchored in the racial exclusivity of slavery (coded as black) and full citizenship (coded as white as well as male). These traditional definitions of race were radically disrupted after emancipation, when citizenship was granted to all persons born in the United States and suffrage was extended to all men. H ...more
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Published February 1st 2009 by University of North Carolina Press (first published November 1st 2008)
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Nick Mariner
Sep 05, 2011 Nick Mariner rated it it was amazing
This book has exactly what a great history text needs: fantastic, clear writing, exhaustive research, and most importantly, a critical new frame on the topic. Hannah Rosen's book brings a new perspective on the history of Reconstruction in thinking about sexual violence and citizenship. I HIGHLY recommend this book for a graduate-level history class and anyone looking to think differently about the years immediately following the Civil War in the South.
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Hannah Rosen's Terror in the Heart of Freedom is an essential historical document. This text is a detailed analysis of the connection between gendered rhetoric, sexual violence, and the oppression and resistance of freed people during the reconstruction era. Rosen demonstrates a thorough understanding of gender, race, and power dynamics and how these issues are employed through politics on different levels.

Terror in the Heart of Freedom is not light reading. The subject matter is intense and oft
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Tom Darrow
Oct 18, 2015 Tom Darrow rated it really liked it
This book explores the role that sexual violence and gendered language had on a very important, yet relatively unstudied, period in US history - that of Reconstruction. While many people are familiar with the general political history of Reconstruction (Radical Republicans taking over, Johnson being impeached, Southern Democrats gradually reestablishing control, etc), this book explores the violent and gendered causes of these events.

Rosen breaks the book up into three sections. The first is a m
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Powerful and deeply sad history. White supremacists in the South used rape as a political weapon to silence black women, as well as white women who worked with Union soldiers or black Americans during Reconstruction. Confederate sympathizers in Arkansas also used rape rhetoric to goad whites into restricting African American political rights; Confederate-sympathizing newspapers claimed that emancipated blacks would rape the Southern white culture. As Reconstruction continued, white paramilitary ...more
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Hannah Rosen is a historian whose research and teaching have focused on the social and cultural history of the 19th-century United States, and particularly on the intersection of race and gender in histories of slavery, emancipation, and postemancipation society. Her current research treats African American experiences surrounding death and mourning during and after the Civil War and the increasin ...more
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