Chapter

Grandson of 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/10.1093/0195142799.003.0006

Series: Religion in America

 Grandson of Disorder

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This chapter explores how white concerns for order are reflected in the portraits of Nimrod and his Tower sketched by American Bible readers during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Analyzing American versions of Nimrod's legend reveals how Bible readers have appropriated the leitmotifs of rebellion and disorder forged in antebellum readings of Noah's curse. Special attention is given to the way Nimrod's legend figured in the defense of legalized segregation by white Christians.

Keywords: America; antebellum; Hamite disorder; Hamite rebellion; Nimrod; segregationTower of Babel

Chapter.  8203 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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