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Public vows : a history of marriage and the nation

Author: Nancy F Cott
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Harvard University Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Harvard University Press pbk. edView all editions and formats
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We commonly think of marriage as a private matter between two people, a personal expression of love and commitment. In this pioneering history, Nancy F. Cott demonstrates that marriage is and always  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy F Cott
ISBN: 9780674008755 0674008758 0674003209 9780674003200
OCLC Number: 56216569
Description: 297 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: An archaeology of American monogamy --
Perfecting community rules with state laws --
Domestic relations on the national agenda --
Toward a single standard --
Monogamy as the law of social life --
Consent, the American way --
The modern architecture of marriage --
Public sanctity for a private realm --
Marriage revised and revived.
Other Titles: History of marriage and the nation
Responsibility: Nancy F. Cott.

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In this exhaustively researched study...[Cott] posits a monolithic Christian monogamous marriage, formed by the mutual consent of a man and a woman, as American colonists' model. This model, she Read more...

 
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