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American Sexual Histories

American Sexual Histories - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0631220817

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ISBN13: 978-0631220817
ISBN10: 063122081X
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Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers
Published: 2001
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American Sexual Histories - 01 edition

ISBN13: 978-0631220817

Elizabeth Reis

ISBN13: 978-0631220817
ISBN10: 063122081X
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition/Copyright: 01
Publisher: Blackwell Publishers

Published: 2001
International: No
Summary

American Sexual Histories is a collection of fourteen articles investigating human sexuality in America from the colonial period to the modern day. The essays reflect the many ways historians analyze sexuality and sexual trends, and explore such topics as contraception, interracial sex, "free love," hysteria, homosexuality, reproductive issues, and the sexual revolution. The volume shows how the evolution of sexuality in America is a product of ongoing negotiation of moral values and shifting political and economic circumstances.

Arranged chronologically, the chapters each contain an introduction and one major article, plus supporting documents that illustrate the time, place, and issues covered by the main article. Editor Elizabeth Reis provides a general introduction, questions for study and discussion, and further reading lists that make this an ideal collection for students studying the history of sexuality in America.

Author Bio

Reis, Elizabeth :

Elizabeth Reis teaches history and women's studies at the University of Oregon. She is the author of Damned Women: Sinners and Witches in Puritan New England (1997) and the editor of Spellbound: Women and Witchcraft in America (1998).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.
About the Contributors.
Introduction.

Part I: Early America.

1. "Things Fearful to Name": Bestiality in Early America: John Murrin.
2. Eroticizing the Middle Ground: Anglo-Indian Sexual Relations along the Eighteenth-Century Frontier: Richard Godbeer.
3. "Girling of it" in Eighteenth-Century New Hampshire: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and Lois K. Stabler.

Part II: Nineteenth Century.

4. The Psychology of Free Love: Sexuality in the Oneida Community: Lawrence Foster.
5. Ministerial Misdeeds: The Onderdonk Trial and Sexual Harassment in the 1840s: Patricia Cline Cohen.
6. White Women, Black Men, and Adultery in the Antebellum South: Martha Hodes.


Part III: Early Twentieth Century.

7. Hysteria: The Revolt of the Good Girl: Elizabeth Lunbeck.
8. Christian Brotherhood or Sexual Perversion? Homosexual Identities and the Construction of Sexual Boundaries in the World War I Era: George Chauncey, Jr.
9. About to Meet her Maker: Women, Doctors, Dying Declarations, and the State's Investigation of Abortion, Chicago, 1867-1940: Leslie J. Reagan.
10. Contraceptive Consumers: Gender and the Political Economy of Birth Control in the 1930s: Andrea Tone.


Part IV: Modern America.

11. Mixing Bodies and Cultures: The Meaning of America's Fascination with Sex between "Orientals" and "Whites": Henry Yu.
12. The Sexualized Woman: The Lesbian, The Prostitute, and the Containment of Female Sexuality in Postwar America: Donna Penn.
13. The Population Bomb and the Sexual Revolution: Toward Choice: Rickie Solinger.
14. Sex Change and the Popular Press: Historical Notes on Transsexuality in the United States, 1930-1955: Joanne Meyerowitz.


Further Reading.
Index.

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