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Introduction

Ruth H. Bloch

in Gender and Morality in Anglo-American Culture, 1650-1800

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2003 | ISBN: 9780520234055
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936478 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520234055.003.0001
Introduction

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This book investigates the eighteenth-century genesis of what has by now become the traditional ideal of gender and family relations. It also reviews the development through the religious, literary, political, and intellectual history of the period. It then locates the thoughts and images associated with the personal domain of gender and family within several broader constellations of the early modern Anglo-American ideas about the moral good. Part 1 of this book lays out the interpretive logic behind the more focused investigations of American history that follow. The chapters in Part 2 are united by their common concern with the eighteenth century as a pivotal moment in the Anglo-American construction of gender. The last part explores how pre-Revolutionary ideas of women and gender played off against the evolving classical republican and liberal political ideologies of the American Revolution. An overview of the chapters included in this book is finally shown.

Keywords: gender; family relations; American history; moral good; Anglo-American ideas; political ideologies; American Revolution

Chapter.  6553 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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