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Sexual revolution in early America, Richard Godbeer

Label
Sexual revolution in early America
Title
Sexual revolution in early America
Statement of responsibility
Richard Godbeer
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In Sexual revolution in early America, Richard Godbeer boldly overturns conventional wisdom about the sexual values and customs of colonial Americans. His eye-opening historical account spans two centuries and most of British North America, from New England to the Caribbean, exploring the social, political, and legal dynamics that shaped a diverse sexual culture. Drawing on exhaustive research into diaries, letters, and other private papers, as well as legal records and official documents, Godbeer's absorbing narrative uncovers a persistent struggle between the moral authorities and the widespread expression of popular customs and individual urges. Godbeer begins with a discussion of the complex attitude that the Puritans had toward sexuality. Although believing that sex could be morally corrupting, they also considered it to be such an essential element of a healthy marriage that they excommunicated those who denied "conjugal fellowship" to their spouses. He next examines the ways in which race and class affected the debate about sexual mores, from anxieties about Anglo-Indian sexual relations to the sense of sexual entitlement that planters held over their African slaves. He concludes by detailing the fundamental shift in sexual culture during the eighteenth century towards the acceptance of a more individualistic concept of sexual desire and fulfillment. Today's moral critics, in their attempts to convince Americans of the social and spiritual consequences of unregulated sexual behavior, often harken back to a more innocent age; as this groundbreaking work makes clear, America's sexual culture has always been rich, vibrant, and contentious
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Cataloging source
DLC
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Godbeer, Richard
Dewey number
306.7/0973
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ18.U5
LC item number
G585 2002
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Gender relations in the American experience
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sex customs
  • Sex role
  • Sex customs
  • United States
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Sexual revolution in early America, Richard Godbeer
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-414) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : sex, marriage, and moral order in early America -- "Chambering and wantonising" : popular sexual mores in seventeenth-century New England -- "A complete body of divinity" : the Puritans and sex -- "Pregnant with the seeds of all sin" : regulating illicit sex in Puritan New England -- "Living in a state of nature" : sex, marriage, and southern degenerates -- The dangerous allure of "copper-coloured beauties" : Anglo-Indian sexual relations -- "The cameleon lover" : sex, race, and cultural identity in the colonial south -- "Under the watch" : the metamorphosis of sexual regulation in eighteenth-century New England -- "A hint to young ladies" : courtship, sexual danger, and moral agency in revolutionary America -- "Martyrdom to Venus" : sexual freedom in post-independence Philadelphia
Control code
46866189
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 430 pages
Isbn
9780801868009
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001002304
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Label
Sexual revolution in early America, Richard Godbeer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 341-414) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction : sex, marriage, and moral order in early America -- "Chambering and wantonising" : popular sexual mores in seventeenth-century New England -- "A complete body of divinity" : the Puritans and sex -- "Pregnant with the seeds of all sin" : regulating illicit sex in Puritan New England -- "Living in a state of nature" : sex, marriage, and southern degenerates -- The dangerous allure of "copper-coloured beauties" : Anglo-Indian sexual relations -- "The cameleon lover" : sex, race, and cultural identity in the colonial south -- "Under the watch" : the metamorphosis of sexual regulation in eighteenth-century New England -- "A hint to young ladies" : courtship, sexual danger, and moral agency in revolutionary America -- "Martyrdom to Venus" : sexual freedom in post-independence Philadelphia
Control code
46866189
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 430 pages
Isbn
9780801868009
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2001002304
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n

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