This chapter begins through an assumption that the social constructs of race, sex, and class that are so fundamental to one's understanding of the 19th- and 20th-century South underwent evolution and transformation over the course of the colonial and revolutionary eras. It maps the complex interrelationships between sex, race, and gender within the larger framework of slave society in the making. It discusses that European settlement in the American South marked the meeting of old and new, carving out a social identity in unfamiliar settings wrought with uncertainty, incoherence, and danger. It emphasizes that the rigid stratification of racial differences during the expanded settlement of the American South is of great significance during this colonial era, leading to the Revolution.
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