Chapter

Original Disorder

Stephen R. Haynes

in Noah's Curse

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195142792
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834280 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195142799.003.0005

Series: Religion in America

 Original Disorder

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This chapter continues an exploration of the distinctive ways in which Genesis 9:20–27 was read by American proslavery apologists with emphasis on the themes of order and disorder. It is argued that the way these themes animate proslavery commentary on the story of Noah and his sons reflects the popular belief that the “Negro” (Hamitic) character was exemplified in a penchant for disorder – including a desire for amalgamation.

Keywords: amalgamation; Genesis; Genesis 9; Hamite disorder; Noah; order; proslavery; slavery

Chapter.  8337 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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