Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia by Ann McgrathIllicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia by Ann Mcgrath

Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and Australia

byAnn Mcgrath

Hardcover | December 1, 2015

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Illicit Love is a history of love, sex, and marriage between Indigenous peoples and settler citizens at the heart of two settler colonial nations, the United States and Australia. Award-winning historian Ann McGrath illuminates interracial relationships from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth century through stories of romance, courtship, and marriage between Indigenous peoples and colonizers in times of nation formation.

The romantic relationships of well-known and ordinary interracial couples provide the backdrop against which McGrath discloses the "marital middle ground" that emerged as a primary threat to European colonial and racial supremacy in the Atlantic and Pacific Worlds from the Age of Revolution to the Progressive Era. These relationships include the controversial courtship between white, Connecticut-born Harriett Gold and southern Cherokee Elias Boudinot; the Australian missionary Ernest Gribble and his efforts to socially segregate the settler and aboriginal population, only to be overcome by his romantic impulses for an aboriginal woman, Jeannie; the irony of Cherokee leader John Ross's marriage to a white woman, Mary Brian Stapler, despite his opposition to interracial marriages in the Cherokee Nation; and the efforts among ordinary people in the imperial borderlands of both the United States and Australia to circumvent laws barring interracial love, sex, and marriage.

Illicit Love reveals how marriage itself was used by disparate parties for both empowerment and disempowerment and came to embody the contradictions of imperialism. A tour de force of settler colonial history, McGrath's study demonstrates vividly how interracial relationships between Indigenous and colonizing peoples were more frequent and threatening to nation-states in the Atlantic and Pacific worlds than historians have previously acknowledged.

Ann McGrath is a professor of history and the director of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at Australian National University. She is the author and editor of numerous books, including How to Write History That People Want to Read; Writing Histories: Imagination and Narration; and Contested Ground: A History of Australian Ab...
Title:Illicit Love: Interracial Sex and Marriage in the United States and AustraliaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:538 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.5 inPublished:December 1, 2015Publisher:UNP - NebraskaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0803238258

ISBN - 13:9780803238251

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface: Flowers for the Bride
Introduction: A Perfect Marriage?
Part 1. Secrets of New Nations
1. Harriett Gold and Elias Boudinot: Against History?
2. Ernest Gribble and Jeannie
Part 2. Marriage and Modernity among the Cherokees
3. Socrates, Cherokee Sovereignty, and the Regulation of White Men
4. John Ross and Mary Bryan Stapler
Part 3. Queensland's Marital Middle Ground
5. Husbands under Surveillance
6. Consent and Aboriginal Wives
Part 4. Embodying New Worlds
7. Polygamy's New Worlds
8. Entwined Sovereignties and the Great Unwedding
Epilogue: Transnational Families

Editorial Reviews

"Illicit Love is a stunning piece of comparative history. With the storytelling abilities of a novelist, and the detective skills of the accomplished historian that she is, Ann McGrath reveals how interracial relationships stirred a myriad of emotions among nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Americans and Australians, and raised what became enduring questions about the meaning of Cherokee and Aboriginal identities."-Gregory Smithers, author of Science, Sexuality, and Race in the United States and Australia, 1780s-1890s - Gregory Smithers - 20150330