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Noah's CurseThe Biblical Justification of American Slavery$
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Stephen R. Haynes

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195142792

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195142799.001.0001

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Original Dishonor

Original Dishonor

Noah's Curse and the Southern Defense of Slavery

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(p.65) 4 Original Dishonor
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Noah's Curse
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Stephen R. Haynes (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195142799.003.0004

This chapter explores the distinctive way American advocates of slavery read the story of Noah and his sons (Gen. 9:20––27) and applied it to the defense of racial slavery. Their departure from the history of interpretation by failing to sexualize the story while reading it as a tale of violated honor confirms the centrality of honor in the biblical imagination of Southern whites. The concept of slavery as “social death” (the ultimate dishonor) is used to elucidate the connections between slavery, honor, and honor‐bound readings of this popular proslavery biblical passage.

Keywords:   Genesis, Genesis 9, honor, sexual, slavery, social death, Southern honor

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