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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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Grandson of Disorder

Grandson of Disorder

Nimrod Comes to America

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Noah's Curse

Stephen R. Haynes (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter explores how white concerns for order are reflected in the portraits of Nimrod and his Tower sketched by American Bible readers during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Analyzing American versions of Nimrod's legend reveals how Bible readers have appropriated the leitmotifs of rebellion and disorder forged in antebellum readings of Noah's curse. Special attention is given to the way Nimrod's legend figured in the defense of legalized segregation by white Christians.

Keywords:   America, antebellum, Hamite disorder, Hamite rebellion, Nimrod, segregationTower of Babel

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