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Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men by Thomas A. Foster (review)

Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men by Thomas A. Foster (review) demonized as morally contagious and citizenship rights are under assault. He ends on the encouraging note that past struggles to extend the ben- efits of citizenship and to guarantee its associated rights “did not develop along a linear, liberal path” but in back-and-forth contests initiated by persons “far removed from the formal seats of constitutional author- ity” (220). By so ably chronicling the efforts of nineteenth-century black Atlantic sailors, Moral Contagion offers hope that justice and humanity will ultimately prevail. Joseph P. Reidy joseph p. reidy recently retired from Howard University, where he had taught and served in various administrative capacities since 1984. In 2019 the University of North Carolina Press published his book Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery, one of the sixteen volumes in the Littlefield History of the Civil War Era series. Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men. By Thomas A. Foster. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2019. Pp. 192. Cloth, $99.95; paper, $22.95.) In Rethinking Rufus, Thomas A. Foster offers the kind of transforma - tive contribution to our understanding of American slavery that comes along once in a generation. Foster takes on the important and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men by Thomas A. Foster (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 10 (3) – Aug 28, 2020

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demonized as morally contagious and citizenship rights are under assault. He ends on the encouraging note that past struggles to extend the ben- efits of citizenship and to guarantee its associated rights “did not develop along a linear, liberal path” but in back-and-forth contests initiated by persons “far removed from the formal seats of constitutional author- ity” (220). By so ably chronicling the efforts of nineteenth-century black Atlantic sailors, Moral Contagion offers hope that justice and humanity will ultimately prevail. Joseph P. Reidy joseph p. reidy recently retired from Howard University, where he had taught and served in various administrative capacities since 1984. In 2019 the University of North Carolina Press published his book Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery, one of the sixteen volumes in the Littlefield History of the Civil War Era series. Rethinking Rufus: Sexual Violations of Enslaved Men. By Thomas A. Foster. (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2019. Pp. 192. Cloth, $99.95; paper, $22.95.) In Rethinking Rufus, Thomas A. Foster offers the kind of transforma - tive contribution to our understanding of American slavery that comes along once in a generation. Foster takes on the important and

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Aug 28, 2020

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