Within Her Power: Propertied Women in Colonial Virginia - New World in the Atlantic World (Hardback)Linda Sturtz (author)
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Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 23 mm
"Linda Sturtz's meticulously researched study convincingly shows how some of Virginia's propertied women maneuvered effectively to use the legal system to their advantage. By skillfully delineating how these women functioned, "Within Her Power measurably complicates our understanding of gender in early American society."
-Ronald Hoffman, "Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and Professor of history, College of William and Mary
"Linda Sturtz has bestowed on the community of early American scholars that rare thing: a book with an original thesis that is also deeply grounded in primary sources. This richly storied and elegantly argued study must now be the point of departurefor all future scholarly considerations of women in early America."
-Camille Wells, "University of Virginia
"In unearthing the many ways in which women were active in Virginia's economy, Sturtz has educated us more about its complexity... provides a new view and some important insights on colonial Virginia women.."
-Journal of American History
"This is a useful addition to a literature that seeks to describe the complicated nature of female legal and economic power in the past. The laws were harsh as written, but some women found ways around them. The agency of colonial Virginian women of means emerges her in all its complexity.."
-Lisa Wilson, Connecticut College