Despite being a nation theoretically founded on freedom from oppression, when one looks back on colonial America, one finds that colonial law was wrought with intersectional prejudice. This is made evident by both the historical accounts given by Kirsten Fischer in her book The Devil’s Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South and by legal documentation from that time period. In these texts, it becomes clear that colonial legislation was aimed at regulating the behavior of white men and women to keep them separated from the black population, illustrating the growing prevalence of racism in America and outlining the hierarchy of sexual value and racial ideology that to a certain extent plagues our nation today.
Both texts largely discuss the role of white men in a patriarchal society. White men were the only truly sexually free people in colonial America, welcome to do as they pleased without fear of repercussion. If a white man had extramarital intercourse with a white woman, there was no shame attached to his actions, regardless of whether or not she was a servant or another man’s wi...
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