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Public lives, private secrets : gender, honor, sexuality, and illegitimacy in colonial Spanish America

Author: Ann Twinam
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Throughout the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, illegitimate offspring of elite families in colonial Spanish America appealed to the Council and Camara of the Indies in Spain to purchase gracias al sacar legitimations. Their applications provided intimate testimony concerning their own lives, accounts of their parents' sexual relationships, and details regarding the impact of illegitimacy within their  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Twinam
ISBN: 0804731470 9780804731478 0804731489 9780804731485
OCLC Number: 39982050
Description: xiii, 447 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Part I. Introduction: 1. Antecedents --
2. Precedents: sexuality and illegitimacy, discrimination, civil legitimation --
Part II. Life Course: --
3. Mothers: pregnant virgins, abandoned women and the private and public price of sexuality --
4. Fathers: life course and sexuality --
5. Babies and illegitimacy: the politics of recognition from the font to the grave --
6. Children: growing up illegitimate --
7. Adults: passing, turning-point moments, and the quest for honor --
8. Adults: the quest for family property --
Part III. The State's Response: --
9. Royal officials: prelude (1717-1760) and early policy formation (1761-1775) --
10. Bourbon reformers: the activist càmara 1776-1793 --
11. Reform and retreat: Bourbon social policies after 1794 --
Part IV. Aftermaths: --
12. The legitimated: life after Gracias al Sacar.
Responsibility: Ann Twinam.
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