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By Merril D. Smith

"In Breaking The Bonds, Merril Smith establishes the formidable aim of picking out 'what form of difficulties arose in stricken marriages' and of reading 'how women and men coped with marital discord.' . . . to complete this, Smith studied 1000's of divorce petitions, different criminal files, newspapers, almshouse dockets, and prescriptive literature. She concludes that, as right this moment, married fought and parted over intercourse, funds, and abuse."
—Pennsylvania History

"A richly textured examine. . . With an eye fixed to cross-class and cross-race illustration, Smith makes use of varied assets, together with memoirs and diaries, correspondence, probate documents, newspaper ads, depositions and petitions for divorce, and numerous ethical reform and social regulatory association files. . . . A courageous try and write an outline of 'the improvement of the Puritan thought of spirtiual growth.' . . . Gracefully written. . . presents particular new insights right into a too-neglected sector of early republican household politics."
—William and Mary Quarterly

The overdue eighteenth century marked a interval of fixing expectancies approximately marriage: companionship got here to coexist as a norm along older patriarchal criteria, women and men started to see their roles in additional disparate methods, expectancies concerning the pride of marriage grew, and gender differences among husbands and other halves grew to become extra advanced. Marital strife used to be an inevitable end result of those altering expectancies. The problems that rose, together with abuse, an absence of sexual conversation, and household violence (frequently attributable to alcholism) range little from people with which fight today.

Breaking The Bonds is an resourceful and unique account that brings to mild a strongly communicative international during which friends knew of, dinscussed, or even got here to the help of these locked in unsatisfied marriages.

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