Sexual Revolution in Early America

Sexual Revolution in Early America

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by Richard Godbeer
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801868009

ISBN-13: 9780801868009

Pub. Date: 04/28/2002

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801868009
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2002
Series:
Gender Relations in the American Experience
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.39(d)
Age Range:
Up to 18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Introduction: Sex, Marriage, and Moral Order in Early America1
IPassionate Pilgrims
1"Chambering and Wantonising": Popular Sexual Mores in Seventeenth-Century New England19
2"A Complete Body of Divinity": The Puritans and Sex52
3"Pregnant with the Seeds of All Sin": Regulating Illicit Sex in Puritan New England84
IISex and Civility
4"Living in a State of Nature": Sex, Marriage, and Southern Degenerates119
5The Dangerous Allure of "Copper-Coloured Beauties": Anglo-Indian Sexual Relations154
6"The Cameleon Lover": Sex, Race, and Cultural Identity in the Colonial South190
IIIThe Sexual Revolution
7"Under the Watch": The Metamorphosis of Sexual Regulation in Eighteenth-Century New England227
8"A Hint to Young Ladies": Courtship, Sexual Danger, and Moral Agency in Revolutionary America264
9"Martyrdom to Venus": Sexual Freedom in Post-Independence Philadelphia299
Afterword335
Notes341
Index415

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Sexual Revolution in Early America 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.