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Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia by Ann McGrath (review)

Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia by Ann McGrath... REVIEWS believed the story. “A Lie stands on 1 leg, Truth on 2,” Franklin once wrote.1 But this one had legs. Ka ther ine Gra ndje an is associate professor of history at Wellesley College and author of American Passage: The Communications Frontier in Early New England (Cambridge, MA, 2015). She is working on a book about violence and murder in the wake of the American Revolution. Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia. By Ann McGrath. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015. Pp. 538. Cloth, $45.00.) Reviewed by Theresa Strouth Gaul In Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia, Ann McGrath inventively explores intimate interracial relationshi “across colonizing boundaries” between European-descended settlers and Indigenous peoples during the early republican periods of U.S. and Australian history (xiv). Building on Richard White’s work, McGrath calls these relationshi a “marital middle ground” that “presented a fundamental challenge to the social, sexual, and colonizing dynamics of settler colonialism” (25, 2). McGrath argues that marriage forms both a subject and a lens for historical analysis as a “bamboozling crossroads of gender, race, class, and colonialism” that is “imagined, embodied, concrete, enacted, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia by Ann McGrath (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 37 (3) – Sep 1, 2017

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Abstract

REVIEWS believed the story. “A Lie stands on 1 leg, Truth on 2,” Franklin once wrote.1 But this one had legs. Ka ther ine Gra ndje an is associate professor of history at Wellesley College and author of American Passage: The Communications Frontier in Early New England (Cambridge, MA, 2015). She is working on a book about violence and murder in the wake of the American Revolution. Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia. By Ann McGrath. (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2015. Pp. 538. Cloth, $45.00.) Reviewed by Theresa Strouth Gaul In Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia, Ann McGrath inventively explores intimate interracial relationshi “across colonizing boundaries” between European-descended settlers and Indigenous peoples during the early republican periods of U.S. and Australian history (xiv). Building on Richard White’s work, McGrath calls these relationshi a “marital middle ground” that “presented a fundamental challenge to the social, sexual, and colonizing dynamics of settler colonialism” (25, 2). McGrath argues that marriage forms both a subject and a lens for historical analysis as a “bamboozling crossroads of gender, race, class, and colonialism” that is “imagined, embodied, concrete, enacted, and

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Sep 1, 2017

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