Early American History Seminar: Kelly A. Ryan, Indiana University Southeast

Early American History and Culture Seminar
Thursday, November 13, 2008

5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

“The Sexual Management of Race: Patriarchy and the Denial of Citizenship to Africans and Indians, 1740–1774”
Kelly A. Ryan, Indiana University Southeast
“The Sexual Management of Race” proposes that patriarchy was the major paradigm whites conceived to institutionalize the unequal relationship between themselves and Indians and African Americans on the eve of the imperial crisis. The paper is part of a larger study that proposes patriarchy and sexual regulation were tools of gender, class, and racial subordination in New England between the late colonial and early national eras. Patriarchal ideals, including legal dependence and control over sexuality and labor, were central components of the economic, legal, and missionary relationships whites created to subordinate African Americans and American Indians.