Wives Not Slaves: Patriarchy and Modernity in the Age of Revolutions

Author:   Kirsten Sword
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
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Pages:   408
Publication Date:   15 April 2021
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Author:   Kirsten Sword
Publisher:   The University of Chicago Press
Imprint:   University of Chicago Press
Dimensions:   Width: 15.20cm , Height: 3.00cm , Length: 22.90cm
ISBN:  

9780226757483


ISBN 10:   022675748
Pages:   408
Publication Date:   15 April 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   To order   Availability explained
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Introduction: If I am your Wife, I am not your Slave The Political Uses of Ancient Patriarchy Divorce, Jurisdiction, and the Location of Law Debt and the Paradox of Masculine Possessory Rights in the Age of Revolutions 1. The Trials of Christopher and Elizabeth Lawson: An Introduction to Post-Reformation Debates about Marriage The Puritan Context of the Lawson Marriage Arguments for Separation and Divorce Weighing the Charges: Credibility, Economic Misconduct, Sexual Crime, Racial Boundaries, and SlanderLaw's Irresolution 2. Submit or Starve: Manby v. Scott and the Making of a Precedent Dynastic Marriage and Family Politics Divorce in Interregnum England Manby v. Scott and the Domestication of Politics Making a Precedent 3. The Runaway Press Runaway Slaves and Servants and the Development of Colonial Labor Systems Wayward Wives, Colonial Law, and a Shift in Practice The Rise of the Press 4. Marriage, Slavery, and Anglo-Imperial Jurisdictional Politics Disorder in the Legal System: Common Law, Equity, and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction Colonial Household Conflicts, Local Law, and the Shadow of Imperial Norms in the 1720s Ancient Patriarchy and the Invention of Possessory Rights Repercussions of Imperial Intervention in Marriage Law The Rise of Blackstone The Echo Chamber of the 1760s 5. A Matter of Credit: Husbands' Claims Lest she should run me in debt : Credibility and Masculine Vulnerability Behaved in a very unbecoming manner . . . and has eloped from me : Implied Sexual Scandal Some debates that have subsisted between us : Domestic Violence Will not be persuaded, either by me or her best friends, to return : Preempting the Law To her usual place of abode, and to her duty : Husbands versus Communities 6. In Justice to my Character : Wives' Replies A Change in Values or a Change in Venue? Patterns over Time and Place Ann Wood's Advertisement Endanger my life by dwelling with him : Ann Wood's Plea On the Providence of God : Prayers and Curses The few remaining days of my disconsolate life : Sentimental Dependence Authorship, Agency, and Remedy 7. Wives Not Slaves Liberty versus Loyalty: Marriage as Metaphor If I am your Wife, I am not your Slave The Privilege of my Negroe Wench Her service & conjugal comfort . . . which he had a right to have We know better than to repeal our Masculine systems 8. Rethinking the Revolutionary Road to Divorce Divorce and the Jurisdictional and Personal Politics of Revolution Divorce and Emancipation: A Useful False Equivalence Divorce as a Woman's Remedy: Revolutionary Expectations and the First Families of the United States Down the Stream of Time Unnoticed : Family Secrets, Family Stories, and Legal Change Epilogue: The Rigour of the Old Rule Elizabeth Cady Stanton's Legal Education Manby v. Scott in the Nineteenth Century Acknowledgments Abbreviations and Source Notes Notes Index

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Sword unsilences the past, recovering the cacophonous voices of all the ordinary wives and husbands who put their domestic unions on trial in the pages of early American newspapers. A keenly argued study of the making and breaking of colonial marriages in the court of public opinion, Wives Not Slaves explains how marital practices developed in dialogue with the elaboration of other species of household dependence even as it eviscerates the false equivalence between divorce and emancipation. -- Richard Bell, University of Maryland Wives not Slaves is a must-read for anyone interested in the interplay between popular culture and law. Readers will appreciate both the narrative power of its case studies and the elegance of its arguments. This powerful book not only deconstructs the feminist analogy of marriage as slavery, it reassesses the notion of expanding equality in the age of revolution. Better yet, it is filled with thought-provoking implications for our own age. -- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University


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Kirsten Sword is a historian of early American and women's history affiliated with Indiana University Bloomington.

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