Over the Threshold: Intimate Violence in Early America

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Over the Threshold is the first in-depth work to explore the topic of intimate violence in the American colonies and the early Republic. The essays examine domestic violence in both urban and frontier environments, between husbands and wives, parents and children, and masters and slaves. This compelling collection puts commonly held notions about intimate violence under strict historical scrutiny, often producing surprising results.

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Overview

Over the Threshold is the first in-depth work to explore the topic of intimate violence in the American colonies and the early Republic. The essays examine domestic violence in both urban and frontier environments, between husbands and wives, parents and children, and masters and slaves. This compelling collection puts commonly held notions about intimate violence under strict historical scrutiny, often producing surprising results.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415918053
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/17/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

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Christine Daniels and Michael V. Kennedy are both Assistant Professors of History at Michigan State University. Professor Daniels has published several articles on labor in early America. Professor Kennedy is co-editor, with William G. Shade, of The World Turned Upside-Down: Essays on the State of Colonial North-American Studies.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Overviews
1 Intimate Violence, Now and Then 3
2 Personal Violence in a "Peaceable Kingdom" Pennsylvania, 1682-1801 22
3 Governing the Passions: The Eighteenth-Century Quest for Domestic Harmony in Philadelphia's Middle-Class Households 45
Husbands, Wives, and Lovers
4 Spousal Murder in Northern New England, 1776-1865 65
5 "My Mind Is to Drown You and Leave You Behind": "Omie Wise," Intimate Violence, and Masculinity 94
6 "He Murdered Her Because He Loved Her": Passion, Masculinity, and Intimate Homicide in Antebellum America 111
7 "A New Home" for Whom?: Caroline Kirkland Exposes Domestic Abuse on the Michigan Frontier 135
8 Keeping the Peace: Domestic Assault and Private Prosecution in Antebellum Baltimore 148
Parents and Children
9 "Unnatural Mothers": Infanticide, Motherhood, and Class in the Mid-Atlantic, 1730-1830 173
10 Laying Claim to Elizabeth Shoemaker: Family Violence on Baltimore's Waterfront, 1808-1812 185
11 Decorous Violence: Manners, Class, and Abuse in Rebecca Rush's Kelroy 202
Masters, Servants, and Slaves
12 "As If There Was Not Master or Woman in the Land": Gender, Dependency, and Household Violence in Virginia, 1646-1720 219
13 Theater of Terror: Domestic Violence in Thomas Thistlewood's Jamaica, 1750-1786 237
14 "I Have Got the Gun and Will Do As I Please with Her": African-Americans and Violence in Maryland, 1782-1830 254
15 Within the Slave Cabin: Violence in Mississippi Slave Families 268
Contributors 287
Index 290
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