BN.com Gift Guide

Sexual Revolution in Early America

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $10.49
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 73%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (10) from $10.49   
  • Used (10) from $10.49   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$10.49
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(1464)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Very Good
2002-04-05 Hardcover Book Very good in very good dust jacket. Hardcover in dust jacket. Dust jacket wear. Dust jacket has a small tear. Normal shelf and display wear. There ... are no marks on the pages... Read more Show Less

Ships from: Des Moines, IA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$11.00
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(73)

Condition: Very Good
2002 Hardcover 1st Edition Very Good in Very Good jacket Vg/vg, FIRST EDITION, nice/clean unmarked copy, USH.

Ships from: San Antonio, TX

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$12.50
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(146)

Condition: Like New
2002 Hardcover Fine+ in Fine+ dust jacket 8vo 430 pp; Excellent book. Dust jacket protected in clear Brodart cover.

Ships from: Lexington, KY

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$15.00
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(27)

Condition: Like New
Baltimore, MD 2002 Black Cloth Fine in Very Good+ Unclipped jacket Book This nearly new copy of this book has the slightest of shelf wear to the edges of the jacket. Book itself ... is tight and clean. Very nice. Read more Show Less

Ships from: West Stockbridge, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$15.00
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(206)

Condition: Like New
Baltimore 2002 Hardcover Fine in Fine dust jacket 0801868009. First printing. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

Ships from: West Chesterfield, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$18.99
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(1)

Condition: Good
2002 Hardcover Good Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, and may not ... include cd-rom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority! Read more Show Less

Ships from: Cincinnati, OH

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$20.00
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(30)

Condition: Very Good
2002 Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 430 pages.

Ships from: Deep River, IA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$32.95
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(20)

Condition: Good
Baltimore 2002 Hard cover Good. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. With dust jacket. 432 p. Contains: Illustrations. Gender Relations in the American Experience (Hardcover).

Ships from: Pueblo West, CO

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$40.00
Seller since 2005

Feedback rating:

(31)

Condition: Like New
Hbk 430pp. an unread copy excellent clean tight unmarked in sleeve-protected dj as new.

Ships from: Norwich, VT

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$41.82
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:

(3)

Condition: Like New
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. 2002 Hardcover As New in Very Good jacket Like New. *****PLEASE NOTE: This item is shipping from an authorized seller in Europe. In the event that a ... return is necessary, you will be able to return your item within the US. To learn more about our European sellers and policies see the BookQuest FAQ section***** Read more Show Less

Ships from: Oranmore, Co Galway, Ireland

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

This bold and absorbing history overturns conventional wisdom about the sexual values and customs of colonial Americans. Drawing on exhaustive research into diaries, letters, legal records, and official documents, Richard Godbeer uncovers a persistent struggle between moral authority and the widespread expression of popular customs and individual urges. He concludes by detailing the fundamental shift in sexual culture during the eighteenth century toward the acceptance of a more individualistic concept of sexual desire and fulfillment.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
Godbeer (history, U. of California-Riverside) explains that the early English colonists in North America brought with them a debate concerning sexual conduct that was raging in the mother country at the time. Among his topics are popular sexual mores, Anglo-Indian sexual relations, and sexual freedom in post-independence Philadelphia. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
New York Review of Books - Edmund S. Morgan

Godbeer's is the first serious assessment of the role of sex in Puritan thought and behavior.

Choice

Readers under the misapprehension that the sexual revolution was one of the many new movements that changed the US in the 1960s should run to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy of Godbeer's Sexual Revolution in Early America. Taking his cue from the numerous historians who have researched and written on the new social history of early America, Godbeer mined innumerable primary and secondary sources to create an accurate portrayal of sex in Colonial America... An excellent narrative of life in early America.

New York Review of Books
Godbeer's is the first serious assessment of the role of sex in Puritan thought and behavior.

— Edmund S. Morgan

Journal of American History
Sexual Revolution in Early America does bring our focus back to the most basic aspect of human behavior, and it does so in the proper and revealing context of social relations. It also adds a new dimension to the strain of early American historiography that emphasizes the persistence of English folk beliefs.

— Daniel R. Mandell

American Historical Review
Godbeer's holistic approach to early American sexual attitudes makes this study fresh. His knowledge of Puritan sexual mores informs his lovely reading of the sensuality of Puritan spirituality and illuminates Puritan sexual subjectivity.

— Kathleen Brown

William and Mary Quarterly
Drawing on and synthesizing an impressive array of scholarly and archival sources, Godbeer reconstructs an early American sexual geography that is best characterized, not by a topography of liberation and repression, but by divisions along three overlapping axes of power... The payoff in Sexual Revolution in Early America lies in the details.

— Bruce Burgett

Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography
Richard Godbeer has crafted a well-woven narrative on the ever popular and riveting subject of human sexuality... Sexual Revolution in Early America will stand as a foundational text for the history of sexuality in early American studies.

— Janet Moore Lindman

Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
This is a landmark study of early modern sexual attitudes and behavior; it is eloquently written; and it is an important contribution to a growing body of scholarship on early American sexuality... Once again he [Godbeer] proves to be a master at distinguishing between the thoughts and desires of social eleites and the urges and behavior of ordinary folk.

— Debra Meyers

Choice

Readers under the misapprehension that the sexual revolution was one of the many new movements that changed the US in the 1960s should run to the nearest bookstore and buy a copy of Godbeer's Sexual Revolution in Early America. Taking his cue from the numerous historians who have researched and written on the new social history of early America, Godbeer mined innumerable primary and secondary sources to create an accurate portrayal of sex in Colonial America... An excellent narrative of life in early America.

New England Quarterly
Important... Godbeer pays meticulous attention to the details of cultural meaning and practice... The book's regional and chronological range is impressive... and the author's facility with such a wide variety of sources touching on typically private and thus seemingly inaccessible matters might serve as a model for scholars.

— Elizabeth Reis

New Republic
Richard Godbeer challenges our traditional stereotypes of colonial America by recovering a remarkable volume of sexual discussion and debate, prosecution and evasion... In both their sexual excesses and anxieties, Godbeer's colonists seem surprisingly modern and accessible.

— Alan Taylor

Religious Studies Review
An astute, wide-ranging analysis... This is an excellent piece of scholarship. Based on extensive research in all sorts of printed sources and private documents, and covering much of the territory of British North America, it will likely remain the most detailed treatment of the subject for years to come.

— Douglas A. Sweeney

Journal of the American Medical Association
The first comprehensive history of sexuality in early America. It is based on daunting archival scholarship, particularly in legal records, and attention to the details of social life, but is written with such verve and humanity that many of the personages the author considers here come alive off the page. Many of the sexual dramas Godbeer relates will seem familiar to the modern reader: adulterous lovers, the sexual experimentation of youth, the shame of vice revealed for all to see. But early American society was far more densely leavened with the yeast of Puritanism and moral surveillance than America of the 21st century, so that the contrasts with contemporary sexuality emerge in striking fashion.

— Robert A. Nye

Early American Literature
Godbeer offers a fresh view of the 'moral and cultural architecture' of early America and the American Revolution through his analysis of sexual mores and behavior... Godbeer's readings are important to readings of early American captivity narratives... [and] has clear implications for feminist literary scholars and queer theorists who focus on questions of agency and transgression.

— Lisa M. Logan

Washington Times
Colonial history will never quite be the same. Sexual Revolution in Early America is the most thorough compendium of sexual incidents, attitudes, laws, and literature in British America before 1800.... This work will be the central reference point for our understanding of sexuality in early America for many years to come. The book has much to offer both the casual and the thoughtful reader.

— Evan Haefeli

Washington Times - Evan Haefeli

Colonial history will never quite be the same. Sexual Revolution in Early America is the most thorough compendium of sexual incidents, attitudes, laws, and literature in British America before 1800.... This work will be the central reference point for our understanding of sexuality in early America for many years to come. The book has much to offer both the casual and the thoughtful reader.

Early American Literature - Lisa M. Logan

Godbeer offers a fresh view of the 'moral and cultural architecture' of early America and the American Revolution through his analysis of sexual mores and behavior... Godbeer's readings are important to readings of early American captivity narratives... [and] has clear implications for feminist literary scholars and queer theorists who focus on questions of agency and transgression.

New England Quarterly - Elizabeth Reis

Important... Godbeer pays meticulous attention to the details of cultural meaning and practice... The book's regional and chronological range is impressive... and the author's facility with such a wide variety of sources touching on typically private and thus seemingly inaccessible matters might serve as a model for scholars.

New Republic - Alan Taylor

Richard Godbeer challenges our traditional stereotypes of colonial America by recovering a remarkable volume of sexual discussion and debate, prosecution and evasion... In both their sexual excesses and anxieties, Godbeer's colonists seem surprisingly modern and accessible.

H-Women, H-Net Reviews - Joan R. Gundersen

Richard Godbeer's book on sexuality in colonial British America has been eagerly awaited by those of us who had heard or read parts of this project in conference papers or articles. Those presentations had been filled with fresh insight and careful research. His full study has lived up to its promise. His careful, nuanced study is by far the best discussion of colonial sexuality available to scholars. While not slighting discussions of theory, Godbeer has avoided opaque jargon and balanced the theory with vignettes that bring the period and its people to life.

Journal of the American Medical Association - Robert A. Nye

The first comprehensive history of sexuality in early America. It is based on daunting archival scholarship, particularly in legal records, and attention to the details of social life, but is written with such verve and humanity that many of the personages the author considers here come alive off the page. Many of the sexual dramas Godbeer relates will seem familiar to the modern reader: adulterous lovers, the sexual experimentation of youth, the shame of vice revealed for all to see. But early American society was far more densely leavened with the yeast of Puritanism and moral surveillance than America of the 21st century, so that the contrasts with contemporary sexuality emerge in striking fashion.

Religious Studies Review - Douglas A. Sweeney

An astute, wide-ranging analysis... This is an excellent piece of scholarship. Based on extensive research in all sorts of printed sources and private documents, and covering much of the territory of British North America, it will likely remain the most detailed treatment of the subject for years to come.

American Historical Review - Kathleen Brown

Godbeer's holistic approach to early American sexual attitudes makes this study fresh. His knowledge of Puritan sexual mores informs his lovely reading of the sensuality of Puritan spirituality and illuminates Puritan sexual subjectivity.

Journal of American History - Daniel R. Mandell

Sexual Revolution in Early America does bring our focus back to the most basic aspect of human behavior, and it does so in the proper and revealing context of social relations. It also adds a new dimension to the strain of early American historiography that emphasizes the persistence of English folk beliefs.

William and Mary Quarterly - Bruce Burgett

Drawing on and synthesizing an impressive array of scholarly and archival sources, Godbeer reconstructs an early American sexual geography that is best characterized, not by a topography of liberation and repression, but by divisions along three overlapping axes of power... The payoff in Sexual Revolution in Early America lies in the details.

Register of the Kentucky Historical Society - Debra Meyers

This is a landmark study of early modern sexual attitudes and behavior; it is eloquently written; and it is an important contribution to a growing body of scholarship on early American sexuality... Once again he [Godbeer] proves to be a master at distinguishing between the thoughts and desires of social eleites and the urges and behavior of ordinary folk.

Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography - Janet Moore Lindman

Richard Godbeer has crafted a well-woven narrative on the ever popular and riveting subject of human sexuality... Sexual Revolution in Early America will stand as a foundational text for the history of sexuality in early American studies.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

Meet the Author

Richard Godbeer is a professor of history at the University of California, Riverside.

Johns Hopkins University Press

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Sex, Marriage, and Moral Order in Early America 1
I Passionate Pilgrims
1 "Chambering and Wantonising": Popular Sexual Mores in Seventeenth-Century New England 19
2 "A Complete Body of Divinity": The Puritans and Sex 52
3 "Pregnant with the Seeds of All Sin": Regulating Illicit Sex in Puritan New England 84
II Sex and Civility
4 "Living in a State of Nature": Sex, Marriage, and Southern Degenerates 119
5 The Dangerous Allure of "Copper-Coloured Beauties": Anglo-Indian Sexual Relations 154
6 "The Cameleon Lover": Sex, Race, and Cultural Identity in the Colonial South 190
III The Sexual Revolution
7 "Under the Watch": The Metamorphosis of Sexual Regulation in Eighteenth-Century New England 227
8 "A Hint to Young Ladies": Courtship, Sexual Danger, and Moral Agency in Revolutionary America 264
9 "Martyrdom to Venus": Sexual Freedom in Post-Independence Philadelphia 299
Afterword 335
Notes 341
Index 415
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(2)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2002

    A Bizzare Must

    Godbeer stitched together quite long lists of ideas from very few sources. As an expert on the subject that he writes on, it appears as though all is in.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)