Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


William and Mary Quarterly

3d ser., 54, no. 1 January 1997

Constructing Race:
Differentiating Peoples in the Early Modern World

Michael McGiffert, Editor’s Preface3

David Brion Davis, Constructing Race: A Reflection7

Alden T. Vaughan and Virginia Mason Vaughan, Before Othello: Elizabethan Representations of Sub-Saharan Africans19

Emily C. Bartels, Othello and Africa: Postcolonialism Reconsidered45

Robin Blackburn, The Old World Background to European Colonial Slavery65

Benjamin Braude, The Sons of Noah and the Construction of Ethnic and Geographical Identities in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods103

James H. Sweet, The Iberian Roots of American Racist Thought143

Jennifer L. Morgan, “Some Could Suckle over Their Shoulder”: Male Travelers, Female Bodies, and the Gendering of Racial Ideology, 1500–1770167

Karen Ordahl Kupperman, Presentment of Civility: English Reading of American Self-Presentation in the Early Years of Colonization193

Joyce E. Chaplin, Natural Philosophy and an Early Racial Idiom in North America: Comparing English and Indian Bodies229

Reviews of Books

Hough, Captain James Cook
Obeyesekere, The Apotheosis of Captain Cook: European Mythmaking in the Pacific.
Sahlins, How “Natives” Think: About Captain Cook, For Example. By Greg Dening253

Slave Cultures and the Cultures of Slavery, ed. Palmié. By Verene A. Shepherd259

Bragdon, Native People of Southern New England, 1500–1650.
Grumet, Historic Contact: Indian People and Colonists in Today’s Northeastern
United States in the Sixteenth Through Eighteenth Centuries
. By Daniel Mandell263

Fletcher, Gender, Sex, and Subordination in England, 1500–1800. By David Underdown266

Morris, Southern Slavery and the Law, 1619–1860. By David Thomas Konig269

Finkleman, Slavery and the Founders: Race and Liberty in the Age of Jefferson.
By David F. Ericson271

Ambrose, Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. By Herman J. Viola273

The Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Volume 5: July 28–November 1, 1805. Volume 6: November 2, 1805–March 22, 1806, ed. Moulton and Dunlay. Volume 7: March 23–June 9, 1806. Volume 8: June 10–September 26, 1806. Volume 9: The Journals of John Ordway, May 14, 1804–September 23, 1806, and Charles Floyd, May 14–August 18, 1804, ed. Moulton.
By Edward Gray274

Gump, The Dust Rose Like Smoke: The Subjugation of the Zulu and the Sioux.
By Robert Kubicek277