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Shepherd, Verene A.
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Department of History & Archaeology
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Blacks in the white imagination
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2nd TTC conference
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Nov. 2002
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Dartmouth College, New Hamsphire
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Abstract
The role of ethnicity and racism in the perpetration and investigation of cases of shipboard rape has attracted increasing attention from historians. This paper intervenes in these debates, focusing on rape aboard 19th century immigrant ships. From the literature available, it would seem that White men were the principal perpetrators of the sexploitation endured by subaltern women whether on their journeys on slavers or on 19th century emigrant ships to the colonial Caribbean. Yet, in the case of Indian labor migration, as this paper, extracted from a larger work highlights, (and based on ships’ records and Immigration Reports), the impression was given that Black men were the main culprits in the sexual exploitation of women; that indentured labor migration did not reflect only White, but also Black and Indian masculinity in action.....
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