Collections > Traces: The UNC-Chapel Hill Journal of History > Traces Volume 5 > "Unnatural Mother": Race, Gender, and Infanticide in the Nineteenth-Century South

This article uses legal cases regarding infanticide in the American South to examine the intersections between conceptions of gender, race, and servitude in the nineteenth-century United States. Extralegal considerations, especially patriarchy, often informed the verdicts made in state courts, which reveals that societal ideas about race, slavery, and gender influenced legal decisions in the antebellum South.