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Noah's Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery

Stephen R. Haynes


This book is a study in the history of biblical interpretation with implications for contemporary social relations. It illumines the religious dimensions of America's racial history by exploring how the book of Genesis has been used to justify slavery, segregation, and the repression of “blacks.” The book focuses on passages in Genesis 9–11 that have been consistently racialized by Bible readers in search of authoritative explanations for the origin and destiny of sub‐Saharan Africans. This often‐overlooked section of the Bible's primeval history includes the tale of Noah and his sons (Gen. 9: ... More

Keywords: Africans, Babel, Biblical interpretation, Canaan, Genesis, Ham, Nimrod, Noah, proslavery Argument

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195142792
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195142799.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen R. Haynes, author
Rhodes College
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