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Noah's Curse : The Biblical Justification of American Slavery (Religion in America Series)

 
 
 
 
Noah's Curse : The Biblical Justification of American Slavery (Religion in America Series)
Author: Stephen R. Haynes
ISBN 13: 9780195142792
ISBN 10: 195142799
Edition: 1
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2002-03-28
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 322
List Price: $56.00
 
 

"A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren." So reads Noah's curse on his son Ham, and all his descendants, in Genesis 9:25. Over centuries of interpretation, Ham came to be identified as the ancestor of black Africans, and Noah's curse to be seen as biblical justification for American slavery and segregation. Examining the history of the American interpretation of Noah's curse, this book begins with an overview of the prior history of the reception of this scripture and then turns to the distinctive and creative ways in which the curse was appropriated by American pro-slavery and pro-segregation interpreters.