Episode 2: Purity is for the Free

What can an enslaved woman’s memoir teach us about the history of purity culture and White supremacy?

The history of sexual purity is deeply intertwined with the history of race in the US. Specifically, it tells us a great deal about how the racial categories of white and black were formed through the control and abuse of women’s bodies. To understand this we need to begin with the institution of slavery in the Antebellum South.

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