Governing the Hearth: Law and the Family in Nineteenth-Century America / Edition 1

Governing the Hearth: Law and the Family in Nineteenth-Century America / Edition 1

by Michael Grossberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807842257

ISBN-13: 9780807842256

Pub. Date: 08/01/1988

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Presenting a new framework for understanding the complex but vital relationship between legal history and the family, Michael Grossberg analyzes the formation of legal policies on such issues as common law marriage, adoption, and rights for illegitimate children. He shows how legal changes diminished male authority, increased women's and children's rights, and

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Presenting a new framework for understanding the complex but vital relationship between legal history and the family, Michael Grossberg analyzes the formation of legal policies on such issues as common law marriage, adoption, and rights for illegitimate children. He shows how legal changes diminished male authority, increased women's and children's rights, and fixed more clearly the state's responsibilities in family affairs. Grossberg further illustrates why many basic principles of this distinctive and powerful new body of law—antiabortion and maternal biases in child custody—remained in effect well into the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807842256
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
08/01/1988
Series:
Studies in Legal History Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 9.21(d)

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