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Family Money: Property, Race, and Literature in the Nineteenth Century

Jeffory Clymer


This book analyzes the legal and economic conflicts that occurred when nineteenth-century ideals of family collided with the realities of interracial intimacy. Counterposing nuanced literary interpretations with significant law cases, the book reveals a shared preoccupation with the financial quandaries emerging from cross-racial sexual encounters. The book moves us well beyond scholarship’s usual emphasis on racial identity’s ambiguities, demonstrating instead how interracial intimacy forced confrontations over who counted as family and who had legal access to family money. At stake were the ... More

Keywords: race, American literature, law, economics, property, family, inheritance, slavery, interracial, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199897704
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199897704.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffory Clymer, author
University of Kentucky