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ConnexionsHistories of Race and Sex in North America$
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Jennifer Brier, Jim Downs, and Jennifer L. Morgan

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040399

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040399.001.0001

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Early American Bodies

Early American Bodies

Creating Race, Sex, and Beauty

(p.85) Chapter 4 Early American Bodies

Sharon Block

University of Illinois Press

This chapter investigates how physical descriptions of bodies shaped understandings of race and sexuality in the eighteenth century. Moving beyond the literary and rhetorical representation of bodies, the chapter analyzes over one thousand newspaper advertisements of runaway slaves and servants and soldiers as well as almanac discussions of beauty, published between 1750 and 1775, to map how colonial perceptions of bodies imbued historical meanings of sexuality and how colonialists daily constructed and created bodies around them. Exploring a selection of such descriptions reveals that, rather than a straightforward description of discrete, observable features, colonists turned even basic identifying features into reflections of implicit belief systems.

Keywords:   newspaper advertisements, almanacs, bodies, colonists, race, sexuality, colonial British America

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