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Daughters of Eve

Pregnant Brides and Unwed Mothers in Seventeenth Century Essex County, Massachusetts

By Else L. Hambleton

Routledge – 2004 – 216 pages

Series: Studies in American Popular History and Culture

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Description

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.

Related Subjects

  1. Gender Studies
  2. History

Name: Daughters of Eve: Pregnant Brides and Unwed Mothers in Seventeenth Century Essex County, Massachusetts (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Else L. Hambleton. 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,...
Categories: Gender Studies, History