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        <span style="font-family:Times New Roman,Times,serif"><span style="font-size:36px"><span style="color:#ffffff">Rethinking Rufus</span></span><br>
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        <span style="color:#000000"><span style="font-size:13px"><span style="font-family:Times New Roman,Times,serif">To tell the story of men such as Rufus-who was coerced into a sexual union with an enslaved woman, Rose, whose resistance of this union is widely celebrated-historian <b>Thomas A. Foster
</b> interrogates a range of sources on slavery: early American newspapers, court records, enslavers' journals, abolitionist literature, the testimony of formerly enslaved people collected in autobiographies and in interviews, and various forms of artistic representation. Foster's sustained examination of how black men were sexually violated by both white men and white women makes an important contribution to our understanding of masculinity, sexuality, the lived experience of enslaved men, and the general power dynamics fostered by the institution of slavery. <i><a href="http://click.email.bmurphygroup.com/?qs=3f15264bda1d42199be4a661c37cfd13dc660cfc0900e85f6b27c0eb02e4c9d52ee8ea4d94046ff17031be5b2ff9ddc1562434d6b0403edcb25347d3cb99fd2d" style="color:#4a392f;text-decoration:underline" title="Rethinking Rufus" target="_blank">Rethinking Rufus</a>
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