Noah's Curse : The Biblical Justification of American Slavery

Noah's Curse : The Biblical Justification of American Slavery

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qA servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.q So reads Noah's curse on his son Ham, and all his descendants, in Genesis 9:25. Over centuries of interpretation, Ham came to be identified as the ancestor of black Africans, and Noah's curse to be seen as biblical justification for American slavery and segregation. Examining the history of the American interpretation of Noah's curse, this book begins with an overview of the prior history of the reception of this scripture and then turns to the distinctive and creative ways in which the curse was appropriated by American pro-slavery and pro-segregation interpreters.... Orlando Patterson argues that in the South a€œthe notion of honor diffused down to all free members of the society from its ruling-class origins.a€ Clement Eaton agrees: a€œWhat is remarkable about the Southern practice of honor as a code of conduct was that it was not confined to the upper ... through a process of osmosis [it was] acquired by all classes of Southern society. ... became oblivious to the manifest textual and historical problems with linking Noaha#39;s curse and American slavery.

Title:Noah's Curse : The Biblical Justification of American Slavery
Author: Stephen R. Haynes A. B. Curry Chair of Religious Studies Rhodes College
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2002-02-27

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