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Women Before the Court Lindsay R. Moore

Women Before the Court By Lindsay R. Moore

Women Before the Court by Lindsay R. Moore

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This book is a ground-breaking study of women in Britain and British America through two centuries of pivotal changes in the law, economy and empire. It shows how the expansion of women's legal status gave them increased financial independence and undermined patriarchal relationships within the household.

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Women Before the Court: Law and Patriarchy in the Anglo-American World, 1600-1800 by Lindsay R. Moore

Women before the court offers an innovative, comparative approach to the study of women's legal rights during a formative period of Anglo-American history. It traces how colonists transplanted English legal institutions to America, examines the remarkable depth of women's legal knowledge and shows how the law increasingly undermined patriarchal relationships between parents and children, masters and servants, husbands and wives. The book will be of interest to scholars of Britain and colonial America, and to laypeople interested in how women in the past navigated and negotiated the structures of authority that governed them. It is packed with fascinating stories that women related to the courts in cases ranging from murder and abuse to debt and estate litigation. Ultimately, it makes a remarkable contribution to our understandings of law, power and gender in the early modern world.

About Lindsay R. Moore

Lindsay R. Moore teaches European and World History at University of Missouri-Kansas City

Table of Contents

Introduction: 'When Women goe to Law, the Devill is full of Businesse' Part I 1 The varieties of Anglo-American law: property, patriarchy, and women's legal status in England and America 2 Women as plaintiffs and defendants: the common law, equity, and ecclesiastical jurisdictions Part II 3 Masters and mistresses, servants and slaves: patriarchy and subordinate agency in the household 4 Wives and (unwed) mothers: women's claims for financial support 5 Inheritance and family feuds: the legal power of elite women Part III 6 Economic expansion and the erosion of patriarchy Index

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Women Before the Court: Law and Patriarchy in the Anglo-American World, 1600-1800 by Lindsay R. Moore
Manchester University Press
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