Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial Virginia

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Overview

This is an engaging and comprehensive study of property-owning women in the colony of Tidewater, VA during the 17th & 18th centuries. It examines the social restrictions on women's behaviour and speech, opportunities and difficulties these women encountered in the legal system, the economic and discretionary authority they enjoyed, the roles they played in the family business,their roles in the later, trans-Atlantic trading framework, and the imperial context within which these colonial women lived, making this a welcome addition to both colonial and women's history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415928823
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Series: New World in the Atlantic World Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,417,125
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Strutz is an Associate Professor of History at Beloit College in Wisconsin.

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Table of Contents

Introduction So High and Parantory: The Gendered Nature of Power, Informal Politics, and Resistance in Colonial Virgina

Chapter 1 Witty But not Talkativ: Speech, Silence and the Ideals of Gender in Eighteenth-Century Virgina

Chapter 2 The Ghost Family and Evil Stepfathers: Protecting Married Women's Property

Chapter 3 Virginians' Cavalier Protection of Dower Rights

Chapter 4 Women With Powers of Attorney

Chapter 5 The Ordinary Women: Women's Appearances in The Local County Courts

Chapter 6 A Little Pures To Themselves: Local Trade

Chapter 7 Madan & Co. : Women and Transatlantic Trade

Chapter 8 Women and Marriage Dissoultion: A Different War for Independence

Cha[ter 9: Conclusion The Colonial Background and the War for Independnece

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