Her characterization of her heritage stands out because those states, like others across the South, had stringent laws and penalties against interracial marriage. In fact, throughout the colonial and antebellum eras, interracial marriage would have been the exception — even though interracial sex was the rule. After much debate, the consensus amongst scholars of American slavery is that sex within the master-slave relationship brings into question issues of power, agency and choice that problematize notions of love and romance even in cases where there appears to be mutual consent. Stevenson highlighted the complexity of interracial sexual liaisons in American slave society with regard to consent. Not long after Mary began working for Bell, the two developed a sexual relationship, which resulted in two children. Jefferson later, at her request, sold Mary and the children to Bell, though her four older children remained the property of Jefferson. Get our History Newsletter. Put today's news in context and see highlights from the archives.
Although I was at an uncomfortable crossroads in another part of my animation. At least not consciously. Moments of escapism that allowed me to absorb myself or snatch at control. I moved in with a lady DJ with a reputation for deliciously uncivilised behaviour. I adapted myself to her topsy turvy body clock, despite my 9 to 5, so that I could hang out at her parties and never have any alone age. At least it would make a good story.