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Stray wives : marital conflict in early national New England

Author: Mary Beth Sievens
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, [2005]
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Whereas my husband, Enoch Darling, has at sundry times used me in so improper and cruel a manner, as to destroy my happiness and endanger my life, and whereas he has not provided for me as a husband ought, but expended his time and money unadvisedly, at taverns ... I hereby notify the public that I am obliged to leave him. Phebe Darling, January 13, 1796 Hundreds of provocative notices such as this one ran in New  Read more...
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Sievens, Mary Beth.
Stray wives
(DLC) 2005010577
(OCoLC)59279868
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Beth Sievens
ISBN: 9780814745342 0814745342
OCLC Number: 906964752
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
A "disobedient, clamorous" wife : the problem of wifely submission --
"A trifling sum" : economic support and consumer spending in New England marriages --
"The duties of a wife" : the meaning of women's work --
"The wicked agency of others" : community involvement and marital discord --
"Having confidence in her own abilities" : coping with estrangement --
"Free and clear from all claims" : divorce and the contradictory nature of women's status --
Afterword: Settling "all matters of dispute" : marital conflict, negotiation, and compromise.
Responsibility: Mary Beth Sievens.
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Examines marriage, familial gender relations, and the law through the lens of "elopement" notices. In conjunction with legal treatises, court records, and prescriptive literature, this book  Read more...

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"Sievens focuses on a rich and under-used source: the ads that appeared in early American newspapers alerting readers not to extend credit to run-away wives, as well as occasional replies made by Read more...

 
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