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    Noahs Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery

    By: Stephen R. Haynes

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    A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. So reads Noahs curse on his son Ham, and all his descendants, in Genesis 9:25. Over centuries of interpretation, Ham came to be identified as the ancestor of black Africans, and Noahs curse to be seen as biblical justification for American slavery and segregation. Examining the history of the American interpretation of Noahs curse, this book begins with an overview of the prior history of the reception of this scripture and then turns to the distinctive and creative ways in which the curse was appropriated by American pro-slavery and pro-segregation interpreters.

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