Sexual Violence and Citizenship

Rape Reform in American History
Sexual Violence and Citizenship: Rape Reform in American HIstory

Lecture by Estelle B. Freedman, Edgar E. Robinson Professor in US History, Stanford University

Estelle B. Freedman argues that rape has contributed to the construction of citizenship throughout American history and that aspiring citizens have repeatedly tried to redefine rape. Her talk will highlight the mixed results of efforts by early women’s rights and racial justice advocates to undermine coverture and white supremacy through rape reform, as well as the early 20th-century classification of certain immigrant and gay men as sexual threats to children.