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Under Household Government : Sex and Family in Puritan Massachusetts

Author: M Michelle Jarrett Morris
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass : Harvard University Press, 2013.
Series: Harvard Historical Studies, 180
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Seventeenth-century New Englanders were not as busy policing their neighbors' behavior as Nathaniel Hawthorne or many historians of early America would have us believe. Keeping their own households in line occupied too much of their time. Under Household Government reveals the extent to which family members took on the role of watchdog in matters of sexual indiscretion. In a society where one's sister's husband's
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Genre/Form: History
Sexual behavior
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: M Michelle Jarrett Morris
ISBN: 9780674066335 0674066332
OCLC Number: 840442112
Description: Online-Ressource.
Contents: Frontmatter --
Contents --
Figures --
Words, Words, Words --
Introduction --
1. Daniel Gookin's House hold --
2. Contrary to the Laws of God and This Jurisdiction --
3. Lawful Remedies, Diabolical Erections, and an Unwanted Suitor --
4. The Rape of Elizabeth Pierce --
5. A Family of Allies --
6. Two Missing Infants --
7. Traitors, Rebels, and Slaves --
Conclusion --
A Peek behind the Scenes --
Notes --
Acknowledgments --
Index.
Series Title: Harvard Historical Studies, 180
Responsibility: M. Michelle Jarrett Morris.
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