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Bathed in Blood
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Nicolas Proctor argues in Bathed in Blood that because slaves frequently accompanied white hunters into the field, whites often believed that hunting was a particularly effective venue for the demonstration of white supremacy. Slaves interpreted such interactions quite differently: they remained focused on the products of the hunt and considered the labor performed at the behest of their owners as an opportunity to improve their own condition. Whether acquired as a reward from a white hunter or as a result of their own independent—often illicit—efforts, game provided them with an important supplementary food source, an item for trade, and a measure of autonomy. By sharing their valuable resources with other slaves, slave hunters also strengthened the bonds within their own community. In a society predicated upon the constant degradation of African Americans, such simple acts of generosity became symbolic of resistance and had a cohesive effect on slave families.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. p. viii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Chapter 1: Game, Landscape, and the Law
  2. pp. 5-36
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  1. Chapter 2: Hunters at Home and in the Field
  2. pp. 37-60
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  1. Chapter 3: Hunting and the Masculine Ideal
  2. pp. 61-75
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  1. Chapter 4: Finding Peers: The Criteria of Exclusion
  2. pp. 76-98
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  1. Chapter 5: The Community of the Hunt
  2. pp. 99-118
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  1. Chapter 6: Slavery, Paternalism, and the Hunt
  2. pp. 119-143
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  1. Chapter 7: Slave Perceptions of the Hunt
  2. pp. 144-168
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 169-173
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 175-196
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  1. Selected Bibliography
  2. pp. 197-215
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 217-220
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