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Author Hambleton, Else L.

Title Daughters of Eve : Pregnant Brides and Unwed Mothers in Seventeenth Century Essex County, Massachusetts
Edition 1st ed
Published Florence : Taylor and Francis, 2004
©2005
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Description 1 online resource (189 pages)
Series Studies in American Popular History and Culture
American popular history and culture (Routledge (Firm))
Contents Half-Title -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Preface "The World Fill'd with a Generation of Bastards": The Puritans and Extramarital Sex -- Chapter One "I Threatened I Would Mark Him": Religion, Sexuality, And Gender Ideology -- Chapter Two "I Know Thy Condition, Alas, Poor Wench": A Quantitative Analysis of Illegitimate Fornication Prosecutions in the Essex County Quarterly Court, 1640-1665 -- Chapter Three "Priscilla Was Fined, the Child Died": A Quantitative Analysis of Illegitimate Fornication Prosecutions in the Essex County Quarterly Court, 1666-1685 -- Chapter Four "I Am a Poor Destitute Creature": Sociological Aspects of Illegitimacy in Essex County, 1640-1685 -- Chapter Five Listening to Women's Voices: Summaries of Selected Fornication Cases, Essex County, 1640-1685 -- MARY TALBUT -- PRISCILLA WILLSON -- SARAH STICKNEY -- SARAH KENNEY -- Chapter Six "She Being Presented for Fornication": Pregnant Brides in Seventeenth-Century Essex County -- Chapter Seven "Cover Our Faces with Shame": Sociological Aspects of Premarital Pregnancy -- Chapter Eight "Playing the Rogue": Rape and Issues of Consent in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts -- Chapter Nine Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary This study examines cases of fornication, bastardy, and paternity cases brought before the courts in Essex County, Massachusetts between 1640 and 1692. Prosecution and conviction rates, sentencing patterns, and socio-economic data, as well as attitudes, were analyzed to determine that women who bore illegitimate children were punished more severely than their male partners, and regarded with contempt by the majority of women
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Subject Fornication -- Massachusetts -- Essex County -- History -- 17th century
Illegitimacy -- Massachusetts -- Essex County -- History -- 17th century
Puritans -- Massachusetts -- Essex County -- History -- 17th century
Sexual ethics -- Massachusetts -- Essex County -- History -- 17th century
Unmarried mothers -- Massachusetts -- Essex County -- History -- 17th century
Fornication.
Illegitimacy.
Puritans.
Sexual ethics.
Unmarried mothers.
Massachusetts -- Essex County.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203486048
9780203486047