Polygamy: An Early American History
- Society & Culture, American History , Religious History
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Beyond monogamy in early America
Today we tend to think of polygamy as an unnatural marital arrangement characteristic of fringe sects. Historian Sarah Pearsall shows us that polygamy--as well as the fight against it--illuminates many touchstones of American history: New England settlements and King Philip’s War; the entrenchment of African slavery in the Chesapeake; the American Revolution; missions and settlement in the West; and the rise of Mormonism.
Pearsall also expertly opens up broader questions about monogamy’s emergence as the only marital option, tracing the impact of colonial events on property, theology, feminism, imperialism, and the regulation of sexuality. She shows that heterosexual monogamy was never the only model of marriage in North America.
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|Release Date:||August 20, 2019|