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By Merril D. Smith

ISBN-10: 0814779344

ISBN-13: 9780814779347

ISBN-10: 0814779808

ISBN-13: 9780814779804

"In Breaking The Bonds, Merril Smith establishes the bold aim of making a choice on 'what form of difficulties arose in marriages' and of interpreting 'how women and men coped with marital discord.' . . . to complete this, Smith studied hundreds of thousands of divorce petitions, different criminal files, newspapers, almshouse dockets, and prescriptive literature. She concludes that, as at the moment, married fought and parted over intercourse, funds, and abuse."
—Pennsylvania History

"A richly textured examine. . . With a watch to cross-class and cross-race illustration, Smith makes use of diversified resources, together with memoirs and diaries, correspondence, probate files, newspaper ads, depositions and petitions for divorce, and diverse ethical reform and social regulatory association documents. . . . A courageous try to write an outline of 'the improvement of the Puritan suggestion of spirtiual growth.' . . . Gracefully written. . . presents particular new insights right into a too-neglected sector of early republican household politics."
—William and Mary Quarterly

The past due eighteenth century marked a interval of fixing expectancies approximately marriage: companionship got here to coexist as a norm along older patriarchal criteria, women and men started to see their roles in additional disparate methods, expectancies in regards to the pride of marriage grew, and gender differences among husbands and better halves grew to become extra complex. Marital strife used to be an inevitable end result of those altering expectancies. The problems that rose, together with abuse, an absence of sexual communique, and household violence (frequently attributable to alcholism) fluctuate little from people with which fight today.

Breaking The Bonds is an resourceful and unique account that brings to gentle a strongly communicative international within which associates knew of, dinscussed, or even got here to assistance from these locked in unsatisfied marriages.

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