For decades, historians have primarily analyzed charges of black-on-white rape in the South through accounts of lynching or manifestly unfair trial proceedings, suggesting that white southerners responded with extralegal violence and sham trials when white women accused black men of assault. Here, Lisa Lindquist Dorr challenges this view.
Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction. Messin' White Women, Snake Lyin' Tales: Black-on-White Rape in Virginia; 1. A Deadly Menace to the Very Framework of Society Itself: White Violence and the Legal System; 2. Shadow and Act: White Women's Fears and Black Men's Intentions; 3. Serving the Ends of Justice: Punishment, Protection, and the Power of Whiteness; 4. Not Considered Worthy of the Respect of Decent People: The Color of Character in Black-on-White Rape Cases; 5. Telling Tales: White Women, False Accusations, and the Conundrum of Consent 6. An Altogether New and Different Spirit: African American Strategies of Resistance and Leverage7. Another Negro-Did-It Crime: Interracial Rape after World War II; Conclusion; Notes; Selected Bibliography; Index;
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