In Walker's Jubilee, what expectations did men have of women in slavery?

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Several different male characters in Jubilee offer examples of the wide range of male attitudes toward female identity and behavior.

John Morris Dutton, Vyry’s father, exemplifies white male plantation owners who regarded enslaved African Americans as property. He believed that his status entitled him to complete sexual access to any of the female slaves. Although he was Vyry’s father, he did not acknowledge her as one of his children. Instead, what he regarded...

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