Interracial Sexual Contact

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When pinpointing the peak of interracial sexual contact, it is assumed that it was during the early colonial period when white indentured servants and black slaves were close in contact. As Edmund S. Morgan notes, “It was common, for example, for servants and slaves to run away together, steal hogs together, get drunk together. It was not uncommon for them to make love together” (Gullickson). With the level of black and white relationships on the rise, white elites created antimiscegenation statutes to define the boundaries between servants and slaves as a way of preventing children of interracial unions from banding together and rebelling in the future. The eventual decline in white servanthood increased black and white segregation. But despite the will to separate white from black, interracial contact, both on the plantation and off, continued (Gullickson). In the boundaries of the plantation, the vicious act of rape was committed between black female slaves and white slaveowners. Many of the advances made by white overseers were hardly ever accepted on the part of the female. Some interracial sexual contact persisted, however, both on and off the plantation. On the plantation, interracial sex occurred between frequently unwilling black female slaves and white male slaveowners and overseers. Off the plantation, we have considerably less information about interracial activities, but clearly, interracial unions must have been less coercive outside of the slavery

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