Letter to a Young Overseer, Unexperienced

Over the course of the past few semesters, I have had students work in the Auburn University archives. As they did this, they discovered various items that may be of interest to my readers. One such item comes from the John Horry Dent collection. Dent was a wealthy plantation owner in Barbour County, AL, owing up to five plantations at one point. During his lifetime, he kept meticulous journals detailing all of the happenings on his plantations. In the 1841 journal, Dent writes a letter to a young overseer describing the duties that he wants the overseer to perform. A transcript of the letter is below. Where I could not determine the word, I write [illegible]. If you would like to see what Auburn University has in its collection, please go to their website.

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The Avengers and Interracial Intimacy: Part 2

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Last post, I started talking about the relationship between Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) and the Vision as a metaphor for interracial intimacy during the early 1970s, only five years removed from the Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia. Today, I want to finish up that discussion by looking at Avengers #113, an issues where a group of terrorists known as the Living Bombs attack Vision because they do not like the fact that he is in a relationship with Wanda.

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The Avengers and Interracial Intimacy: Part 1

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I started reading a few issues of Avengers recently, specifically some written by Steve Englehart. Amid all of the superhero action and fighting, there is a commentary on interracial intimacy within the relationship between Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) and Vision (an android). Their relationship begins around Avengers 108 (Feb. 1973) as Wanda is in search of her brother Pietro (Quicksilver) and fears for his life. Over the next six issues, their relationship plays a role in the ongoing stories, and it serves, in many ways, as a commentary on the views towards interracial intimacy at the time.

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