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Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia
Author: Ann McGrath

ISBN: 9780803238251
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 616
Published: 1 December 2015
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 3.5
Description:
Winner of the General History Prize 2016 - The New South Wales Premier's History Awards Illicit Love is a history of love, sex, and marriage between Indigenous peoples and settler citizens at the heart of two settler colonial nations, the United States and Australia. Award-winning historian Ann McGrath illuminates interracial relationships from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century through stories of romance, courtship, and marriage between Indigenous peoples and colonizers in times of nation formation. The romantic relationships of well-known and ordinary interracial couples provide the backdrop against which McGrath discloses the "marital middle ground" that emerged as a primary threat to European colonial and racial supremacy in the Atlantic and Pacific Worlds from the Age of Revolution to the Progressive Era. These relationships include the controversial courtship between white, Connecticut-born Harriett Gold and southern Cherokee Elias Boudinot; the Australian missionary Ernest Gribble and his efforts to socially segregate the settler and aboriginal population, only to be overcome by his romantic impulses for an abori...

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