“Midnight Scenes and Orgies”: Public Narratives of Voodoo in New Orleans and Nineteenth-Century Discourses of White Supremacy

@article{Gordon2012MidnightSA,
  title={“Midnight Scenes and Orgies”: Public Narratives of Voodoo in New Orleans and Nineteenth-Century Discourses of White Supremacy},
  author={Michelle Gordon},
  journal={American Quarterly},
  year={2012},
  volume={64},
  pages={767 - 786}
}
  • M. Gordon
  • Published 30 December 2012
  • History
  • American Quarterly
This article examines “public narratives” of Voodoo in newspapers, travel narratives, magazines, and scholarly journals as a register of the shifting anxieties and discourses of white patriarchal supremacy across the second half of the nineteenth century. These popularized narratives authenticated the hegemonic narrative of white supremacy by offering “proof” of black criminality and hypersexuality. Post–Civil War public Voodoo narratives served as forerunners and companions to the myth of the… 
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