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The Curse of Ham; or, From “Generation” to “Race”

Werner Sollors

in Neither Black Nor White Yet Both

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780195052824
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199855155 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195052824.003.0004
The Curse of Ham; or, From “Generation” to “Race”

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Rude songs fill the Ararat valley in a one-act play, first published in New York in 1927. It depicts the origin of black skin color within a family drama. Ham is a character who has a resemblance to Bacchus and Pan; he likes to sing about feeling like a young goat in the spring; he drinks, dances, and arrives late at his father Noah's tent. Relieved that the great flood is over, Noah enjoys the dance of Ham and Eve (Ham's wife) and drinks deeply with them from a goatskin of wine. “Pour again, Eve, and Ham sing on and dance and drink—drown out the waters of the flood if you can…. Drink wine, forget water—it means death, death!”

Keywords: Ararat; New York; 1927; family drama; Noah; Ham; Eve; wine; flood

Chapter.  13681 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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