Rethinking Rufus argues that enslaved black men were sexually violated by both white men and white women.
“Well Known as Miss Betty Cooper”: Gender Expression in 18th-Century Boston
One 1771 advertisement sought the recapture of an enslaved person known by two names: Cato and Miss Betty Cooper.
Discovering Sex in the Civil War
Surrounded by death, Civil War soldiers found pleasure and fraternity in sharing erotic pictures and prints.
More than Masturbatory: An Interview with April Haynes
Antebellum women’s efforts to reform sexuality through public physiology education.
A Relationship Revealed
The miniature “Beauty Revealed” suggests an erotic relationship between an early American artist and a statesman.
Histories of Sexuality and the Carceral State–Part 1
What can histories of sexuality and gender tell us about the carceral state?
Presidential Penis Politics: A Micro-History
Donald J. Trump’s penis, size unknown, has reared its head as a political issue.