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Family Money: Property, Race, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century

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Family Money: Property, Race, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century - Clymer, Jeffory A

Nineteenth-century fiction and legal cases show that intimate interracial relationships took myriad forms, often simultaneously sexual, marital, coercive, familial, pleasurable, and painful. Understanding the significance of these relationships meant thinking about more than the legal structure of racial identity. Who could count as family (and when); who could own property (and when), and how racial difference was imagined (and why) were emphatically bound together by authors ranging from Nathaniel Hawthorne, Frank Webb, ...

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