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Women and the Law of Property in Early America

ISBN-10: 0807842443
ISBN-13: 9780807842447
Edition: 1989
Authors: Marylynn Salmon
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Description: In this first comprehensive study of women's property rights in early America, Marylynn Salmon discusses the effect of formal rules of law on women's lives. By focusing on such areas such as conveyancing, contracts, divorce, separate estates, and  More...

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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/8/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 285
Size: 6.12" wide x 9.25" long x 0.79" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

In this first comprehensive study of women's property rights in early America, Marylynn Salmon discusses the effect of formal rules of law on women's lives. By focusing on such areas such as conveyancing, contracts, divorce, separate estates, and widows' provisions, Salmon presents a full picture of women's legal rights from 1750 to 1830. Salmon shows that the law assumes women would remain dependent and subservient after marriage. She documents the legal rights of women prior to the Revolution and traces a gradual but steady extension of the ability of wives to own and control property during the decades following the Revolution. The forces of change in colonial and early national law were various, but Salmon believes ideological considerations were just as important as economic ones. Women did not all fare equally under the law. In this illuminating survey of the jurisdictions of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and South Carolina, Salmon shows regional variations in the law that affected women's autonomous control over property. She demonstrates the importance of understanding the effects of formal law on women' s lives in order to analyze the wider social context of women's experience.

Marylynn Salmon is coauthor of Inheritance and the Evolution of Capitalism and the Family in America.

Acknowledgments
Preface
Diversity in American Law
Conveyances
Contracts
Divorce and Separation
Separate Estates
Separate Estates in New England
Provisions for Widows
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
General Index
Index to Cases

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