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In societies eyes many times, black women seem to fair little to no better in post civil war America.

In the late 1800's the president of the Missouri Press Association wrote an open letter addressed to an Englishwoman in it he said Black women "had no sense of virtue" and "character."(6 ).

A gynecology textbook that was published in 1896 showed the image of a black woman's vagina. At the time using a White woman's genitals would have caused a scandal(7 ).

Frances Kellor established the National League for the Protection of Colored Women in New York and other cities in 1906. she believed because of slavery blacks "several centuries behind the Anglo-Saxon race in civilizing agencies and processes." She believed that blacks failed to produce stable patriarchal structures because black women worked outside the home and black men did "not discourage it."(8).

She also believed that interracial sex between black women and white men happened because "white men [had] little respect for the sanctity of family life of Negroes, [whereas] they would hesitate to enter the Anglo Saxon home.". She also said "Negro women are expected to be immoral and have few inducements to be otherwise." (9 ).

An article that appeared in Journal of Social Hygiene in the 1920's reflect the myth of the immoral black, "Sexual promiscuity is in direct antagonism to the home. The heritages of slavery and the handicaps of race prejudice have played havoc with the home life of the colored people. This is the steepest grade on the long and weary road from serfdom to citizenship. Here is the race's weakest point. The slum life of the city and the poverty and illiteracy of the country are cunning and dangerous enemies to the personal purity and self-restraint of good homes. The abolition of the open saloon and the red-light district has been a Godsend to the Negro home. " (10 ).

During the debate for raising the age of consent Representative A. C. Tompkins of Kentucky invoked a racist myth which assumed black women had a different sexual nature. He complained that "negro female on the same plane as the white female." he made the claim that "black girls" matured faster than "white girls". So the age of consent should be lower for black girls (11 ).

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black women, post civil war, America, National League for the Protection of Colored Women, Anglo-Saxon, interracial sex, Negroes, black, women, immoral, white female, age of consent