"Negresses, hooked with white men!"

    To some defenders of slavery, the best way to attack the abolitionists was to argue that their real agenda was, or at any rate the real effect of their agitation would be, to create a society in which interracial marriage became the norm. There was little in abolitionist rhetoric to justify this argument, and the anti-amalgamationists had to ignore all the evidence of miscegenation under slavery. Nor was the argument received by whites with anything like the popularity of Dixon's and Griffiths' narratives about rampant black sexuality early in the 20th century. But this archive would be incomplete without an example of the way the anti-slavery movement provoked the racist protests of writers like the anonymous author of this novel. His account of the horror of racial mingling is full of lines to make modern readers wince, but it probably spoke for and to a number of readers in its time. How many we can't tell, though the fact that "Bolokitten" had to pay for the book's publication himself suggests not many.
A Sojourn in the City of Amalgamation, in the Year of Our Lord 18--, by "Oliver Bolokitten, Esq." (pseudonym). New York: Published by the Author, 1835.

  • Return to sitemap. Return to homepage for this section. Search.