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Women before the court : law and patriarchy in the Anglo-American world, 1600-1800

Author: Lindsay R Moore
Publisher: Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2019.
Series: Gender in history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book offers an innovative, comparative approach to the study of women's legal rights during a formative period of Anglo-American history. It traces how colonists transplanted English legal institutions to America, examines the remarkable depth of women's legal knowledge and shows how the law increasingly undermined patriarchal relationships between parents and children, masters and servants, husbands and wives.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lindsay R Moore
ISBN: 9781526136336 1526136333
OCLC Number: 1053903136
Description: viii, 175 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction: 'When Women goe to Law, the Devill is full of Businesse' --
Part I. The courts and the law. The varieties of Anglo-American law : property, patriarchy, and women's legal status in England and America ; Women as plaintiffs and defendants : the common law, equity, and ecclesiastical jurisdictions --
Part II. The family and society. Masters and mistresses, servants and slaves : patriarchy and subordinate agency in the household ; Wives and (unwed) mothers : women's claims for financial support ; Inheritance and family feuds : the legal power of elite women --
Part III. The economy and equity. Economic expansion and the erosion of patriarchy.
Series Title: Gender in history.
Responsibility: Lindsay R. Moore.

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This book is a ground-breaking study of women in Britain and British America through two centuries of pivotal changes in the law, economy and empire. It shows how the expansion of women's legal  Read more...

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