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Founding Mothers & Fathers: Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society

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In this pioneering study of the ways in which the first settlers defined the power, prerogatives, and responsibilities of the sexes, one of our most incisive historians opens a window onto the world of Colonial America. Drawing on a wealth of contemporary documents, Mary Beth Norton tells the story of the Pinion clan, whose two-generation record of theft, adultery, and infanticide may have made them our first dysfunctional family. She reopens the case of Mistress Ann Hibbens, whose church excommunicated her for arguing that God had told husbands to listen to their wives. And here is the enigma of Thomas, or Thomasine Hall, who lived comfortably as both a man and a woman in 17th century Virginia. Wonderfully erudite and vastly readable, Founding Mothers & Fathers reveals both the philosophical assumptions and intimate domestic arrangements of our colonial ancestors in all their rigor, strangeness, and unruly passion.

"An important, imaginative book. Norton destroys our nostalgic image of a 'golden age' of family life and re-creates a more complex past whose assumptions and anxieties are still with us."--Raleigh News and Observer

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307760760
Subtitle:
Gendered Power and the Forming of American Society
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
United states
Subject:
To 1775
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
United States - Colonial Period
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Sex role
Subject:
Family
Subject:
United States / Colonial Period(1600-1775)
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Subject:
US History-Colonial America
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
19970729
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
512

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History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » Children and Family
History and Social Science » US History » Colonial America
History and Social Science » US History » General
History and Social Science » World History » General

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