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The Devil's Lane – Sex and Race in the Early South - Oxford Scholarship Online
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The Devil's Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South

Catherine Clinton and Michele Gillespie


When Europeans settled in the early South, they quarreled over many things—but few imbroglios were so fierce as battles over land. Landowners wrangled bitterly over boundaries with neighbors and contested areas became known as “the devil's lane.” Violence and bloodshed were but some of the consequences to befall those who ventured into these disputed territories. This book highlights important new work on sexuality, race, and gender in the South from the 17th- to the 19th-centuries. Chapters explore legal history by examining race, crime and punishment, sex across the color line, slander, comp ... More

Keywords: Europeans, boundaries, South, battles, land, southern frontier

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Print publication date: 1997 Print ISBN-13: 9780195112436
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112436.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Clinton, editor
Harvard University
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Michele Gillespie, editor
Wake Forest University

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Part I Broad Strokes

Part II The Upper South

Part III The Lower South

Part IV The Gulf South


Catherine Clinton, and Michele Gillespie

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