The Resource Founding mothers & fathers : gendered power and the forming of American society, Mary Beth Norton

Founding mothers & fathers : gendered power and the forming of American society, Mary Beth Norton

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Founding mothers & fathers : gendered power and the forming of American society
Title
Founding mothers & fathers
Title remainder
gendered power and the forming of American society
Statement of responsibility
Mary Beth Norton
Title variation
Founding mothers and fathers
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Focusing on the first half-century of English settlement - approximately 1620 to 1670 - Mary Beth Norton looks not only at what colonists actually did but also at the philosophical basis for what they thought they were doing. She weaves theory and reality into a tapestry that reveals colonial life as more varied than we have supposed. She draws our attention to all early dysfunctional family extending over several generations and colonies. The basic worldview of this early period, Norton demonstrates, envisaged family, society, and state as similar institutions. She shows us how, because of that familial analogy, women who wielded power in the household could also wield surprising authority outside the home. We see, for example, Mistress Margaret Brent given authority as attorney for Lord Baltimore, Maryland's Proprietor, and Mistress Anne Hutchinson, who sought and assumed religious authority, causing the greatest political crisis in Massachusetts Bay
  • Norton also describes the American beginnings of another way of thinking. She argues that an imbalanced sex ratio in the Chesapeake colonies made it impossible to establish "normal" familial structures, and thus equally impossible to employ the family model as unself-consciously as was done in New England. The Chesapeake, accordingly, became a practical laboratory for the working out of a "Lockean" political system that drew a line between family and state, between "public" and "private." In this scheme, women had no formal, recognized role beyond the family. It is this worldview that eventually came to characterize the Enlightenment and that still looms large in today's culture wars
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Norton, Mary Beth
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ1075.5.U6
LC item number
N67 1996
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Sex role
  • Families
  • Rôle selon le sexe
  • Famille
  • Sekseverschillen
  • Koloniale periode
  • Families
  • Politics and government
  • Sex role
  • Social conditions
  • United States
  • United States
  • États-Unis
  • États-Unis
  • United States
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Founding mothers & fathers : gendered power and the forming of American society, Mary Beth Norton
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Publication
Note
"A portion of chapter five was originally published as Gender and defamation in seventeenth-century Maryland in William & Mary quarterly, January 1987"--Title page verso
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • txt
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Contents
Sect. I. Gendered Power in the Family -- Prologue: The Government of Familyes. Ch. 1. The First Society. Ch. 2. A Little Monarchy. Ch. 3. Free in Liberty -- Sect. II. Gendered Power in the Community -- Prologue: Searchers Againe Assembled. Ch. 4. Communities of Men, Communities of Women. Ch. 5. Amongst the Neighbors -- Sect. III. Gendered Power in the State -- Prologue: His Lordship's Attorney. Ch. 6. Fathers and Magistrates, Authority and Consent. Ch. 7. Marvelous Wickedness. Ch. 8. Husband, Preacher, Magistrate
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 496 pages
Isbn
9780679429654
Lccn
95043791
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33335285
  • (OCoLC)ocm33335285
Label
Founding mothers & fathers : gendered power and the forming of American society, Mary Beth Norton
Publication
Note
"A portion of chapter five was originally published as Gender and defamation in seventeenth-century Maryland in William & Mary quarterly, January 1987"--Title page verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references 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
Sect. I. Gendered Power in the Family -- Prologue: The Government of Familyes. Ch. 1. The First Society. Ch. 2. A Little Monarchy. Ch. 3. Free in Liberty -- Sect. II. Gendered Power in the Community -- Prologue: Searchers Againe Assembled. Ch. 4. Communities of Men, Communities of Women. Ch. 5. Amongst the Neighbors -- Sect. III. Gendered Power in the State -- Prologue: His Lordship's Attorney. Ch. 6. Fathers and Magistrates, Authority and Consent. Ch. 7. Marvelous Wickedness. Ch. 8. Husband, Preacher, Magistrate
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
x, 496 pages
Isbn
9780679429654
Lccn
95043791
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)33335285
  • (OCoLC)ocm33335285

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