Daughters of Eve

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

By Else L. Hambleton

© 2005 – Routledge

216 pages

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9780415649025
pub: 2012-10-29
Hardback: 9780415948609
pub: 2004-08-15

About the Book

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.

About the Series

Studies in American Popular History and Culture

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / United States / Colonial Period (1600-1775)
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies