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Read the full article “In the Galleries: John Speed’s Postdeluvian Genealogy from the First Edition of the King James Bible.”

Antiquarian John Speed created a thirty-six page genealogy that was inserted into the first edition of the King James Bible (1611).

John Speed’s genealogy from the first edition of the King James Bible (1611) portrays the then-popular view that Noah’s sons went on to populate specific regions of the world: Shem to Asia, Japheth to Europe, and Ham to Africa. In the Americas, pro-slavery advocates used the “curse of Ham” to justify the enslavement of Africans and their descendents.

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