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Rape and Sexual Power in Early America
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Sharon Block is associate professor of history at the University of California, Irvine.

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"A comprehensive look into the issue of rape and sexual violence during early American history. . . . Modern readers will gain a vivid understanding of not only rape and sexual relations during this period, but also the connection between rape and racism."
-- H-Net Reviews"


"A convincing portrait of the broader social and political environments in which distinctions between coercion and consent, assault and rape, were and were not drawn."
-- "Early American Literature"
"A tour de force of historical research and cultural analysis.

Norma Basch, Emerita, Rutgers University "


"Ambitious . . . Extensively researched. . . . [This] provocative and well-argued book will change the way scholars think about rape. . . . A nuanced analysis."
-- "The William and Mary Quarterly"
"An original and multifaceted exploration. . . . Combines . . . methodological approaches of social, legal, and cultural history to offer many perspectives on rape, and it does so within a sophisticated theoretical framework that spans literary, legal, and historical analyses of gender, power, sexuality, race, and colonialism. . . . Will surely become standard reading for scholars of early American history, women's history more broadly, and students of gender, race, sexuality and power."
-- "Journal of Social History"


"Block deftly navigates . . . complicated matters in her thoroughly researched monograph."
-- "Journal of African American History"
"Comprehensive. . . . The standard work on early American sexual violence and rape as well as a great source to use when studying the early American power struggle between men and women and between whites and blacks."
-- H-Net
"Impressive. . . . [A] careful archival and interpretive work."
-- "Early American Literature"
"Unravels the power dynamics of rape by merging microhistories of individual women with macrohistories of institutional and cultural views of sexual behavior."
-- "COMMON-PLACE"
"Block's thorough research, astute analysis, and graceful writing make this the definitive work on rape in the British colonies and early Republic."
-- "New England Quarterly"
"Likely to generate excellent discussions in women's studies, women's history and early American history classrooms. . . . Block has demonstrated that rape does indeed have a history."
-- "Register of the Kentucky Historical Society"
"This book's strength lies in the cultural and intellectual history of gender and race through the analysis of texts; the author parses a host of judicial cases and other recorded incidents of rape and sexual assault. In this respect, the book has no equal for the time and places it considers."
-- "Journal of Interdisciplinary History"
_Unravels the power dynamics of rape by merging microhistories of individual women with macrohistories of institutional and cultural views of sexual behavior._
- "COMMON-PLACE"
aUnravels the power dynamics of rape by merging microhistories of individual women with macrohistories of institutional and cultural views of sexual behavior.a
-- "COMMON-PLACE"
"In this model integration of social, legal, and cultural history, Block astutely explores the political import of sexual violence.

Estelle Freedman, Stanford University"

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