Women before the Bar is the first study to investigate changing patterns of women's participation in early American courts across a broad range of legal actions--including proceedings related to debt, divorce, illicit sex, rape, and slander. Weaving the stories of individual women together with systematic analysis of gendered litigation patterns, Cornelia Dayton argues that women's relation to the courtroom scene in early New England shifted from one of integration in the mid-seventeenth century to one of marginality by the eve of the Revolution. Using the court records of New Haven, which originally had the most Puritan-dominated legal regime of all the colonies, Dayton argues that Puritanism's insistence on godly behavior and communal modes of disputing initially created unusual opportunities for women's voices to be heard within the legal system. But women's presence in the courts declined significantly over time as Puritan beliefs lost their status as the organizing principles of society, as legal practice began to adhere more closely to English patriarchal models, as the economy became commercialized, and as middle-class families developed an ethic of privacy. By demonstrating that the early eighteenth century was a crucial locus of change in law, economy, and gender ideology, Dayton's findings argue for a reconceptualization of women's status in colonial New England and for a new periodization of women's history. |Little explores the stormy American relationship with the Middle East from World War II through the war in Iraq, focusing particularly on the complex and often inconsistent attitudes and interests that helped put the United States on a collision course with radical Islam early in the new millennium. After documenting the persistence of ""orientalist"" stereotypes in American popular culture, Little examines oil, Israel, and other aspects of U.S. policy. For this updated third edition, Little covers events through 2007, including a new chapter on the Bush Doctrine, demonstrating that in many important ways, George W. Bush's Middle Eastern policies mark a sharp break with the past.
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 653 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 26 mm
Edition: 3rd Revised edition
A book that will engage readers for a long time to come.
"Law and History Review"
One of the most insightful accounts of early American legal culture in years.
"An ambitious, well-written, meticulously researched, and tremendously successful book.
"Reviews in American History""
Finely crafted. . . . Tackles questions that have long engaged feminist historians and other scholars interested in women and the law.
""Women Before the Bar" is already indispensable in my women's history courses.
Linda K. Kerber, author of "Toward an Intellectual History of Women""
An ambitious, well-written, meticulously researched, and tremendously successful book.
"Reviews in American History"
"Women Before the Bar" is already indispensable in my women's history courses.
Linda K. Kerber, author of "Toward an Intellectual History of Women"