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The Resource Families in crisis in the Old South : divorce, slavery, and the law, Loren Schweninger

Families in crisis in the Old South : divorce, slavery, and the law, Loren Schweninger

Label
Families in crisis in the Old South : divorce, slavery, and the law
Title
Families in crisis in the Old South
Title remainder
divorce, slavery, and the law
Statement of responsibility
Loren Schweninger
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In the antebellum South, divorce was an explosive issue. As one lawmaker put it, divorce was to be viewed as a form of 'madness,' and as another asserted, divorce reduced communities to the 'lowest ebb of degeneracy.' How was it that in this climate, the number of divorces rose steadily during the antebellum era? In Families in Crisis in the Old South, Loren Schweninger uses previously unexplored records to argue that the difficulties these divorcing families faced reveal much about the reality of life in a slave-holding society as well as the myriad difficulties confronted by white southern families who chose not to divorce. Basing his argument on almost 800 divorce cases from the southern United States, Schweninger explores the impact of divorce and separation on white families and on the enslaved and provides insights on issues including domestic violence, interracial adultery, alcoholism, insanity, and property relations. He examines how divorce and separation laws changed, how married women's property rights expanded, how definitions of inhuman treatment of wives evolved, and how these divorces challenged conventional mores"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schweninger, Loren
Dewey number
306.890975/09034
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Domestic relations
  • Divorce
  • Slavery
  • Adultery
  • Wife abuse
Label
Families in crisis in the Old South : divorce, slavery, and the law, Loren Schweninger
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [205]-228) 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
The evolution of divorce laws -- Adultery and the question of race -- Insanity, alcoholism, abandonment, and abuse -- Lawyers, judges, juries, and decrees -- Married women and property -- Slaves and owners' domestic conflicts
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 236 pages
Isbn
9780807835692
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012002040
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)774147856
  • ocn774147856
  • OCoLC
Label
Families in crisis in the Old South : divorce, slavery, and the law, Loren Schweninger
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [205]-228) 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
The evolution of divorce laws -- Adultery and the question of race -- Insanity, alcoholism, abandonment, and abuse -- Lawyers, judges, juries, and decrees -- Married women and property -- Slaves and owners' domestic conflicts
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 236 pages
Isbn
9780807835692
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2012002040
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)774147856
  • ocn774147856
  • OCoLC

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