Brabbling Women: Disorderly Speech and the Law in Early Virginia / Edition 1

Brabbling Women: Disorderly Speech and the Law in Early Virginia / Edition 1

by Terri L. Snyder
     
 

Snyder (American studies, California State U., Fullerton), through examination of the legal records of colonial Virginia, has constructed a fine study of the power women garnered through public declarations, eventually in a court of law. The Virginia burgesses in 1662 used the term brabbling—which connoted wrangling, quarrelsome, and riotous—to characterize… See more details below

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Snyder (American studies, California State U., Fullerton), through examination of the legal records of colonial Virginia, has constructed a fine study of the power women garnered through public declarations, eventually in a court of law. The Virginia burgesses in 1662 used the term brabbling—which connoted wrangling, quarrelsome, and riotous—to characterize women who took action against their husbands. Snyder, through close historical reconstructions of several specific legal cases, provides a view into the struggle of women, both slave and free, to assert their rights in a patriarchal society. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801440526
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
05/15/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Brabbling Women in Early Virginia1
1Women, Misrule, and Political Culture19
2Sexual Stories: Narratives of Consent and Coercion45
3Unwifely Speeches and the Authority of Husbands67
4Freedom, Dependency, and the Power of Women's Speech89
5Windows, Fictive Widows, and the Management of Households117
Conclusion: Toward the Eighteenth Century140
Notes145
Index179

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