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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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Setting the Stage

Setting the Stage

(p.3) 1 Setting the Stage
Noah's Curse

Stephen R. Haynes (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter connects the history of interpretation of Genesis 9–11 with contemporary American culture. It also describes the thematic structure of Genesis 9–11 in terms of dispersion and differentiation, reviews the history of “Noah's curse” as an explanation of blackness and a justification for racial slavery, introduces the concepts of honor and order that will figure prominently in subsequent chapters, reviews the arguments of Eugene Genovese against the centrality of Noah's curse in the American proslavery argument, and explores “other chapters in the Genesis of race,” including pre‐Adamism, racialist readings of the Flood story, and pro‐apartheid interpretation of Genesis 11 in South Africa.

Keywords:   differentiation, dispersion, flood, Genesis, Genovese, honor, Noah, pre‐Adamism, slavery

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