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Regulating Passion: Sexuality and Patriarchal Rule in Massachusetts, 1700–1830

Kelly A. Ryan


Throughout early America tools in the maintenance of hierarchy included the sexual regulation, the patriarchal gaze of elites on others, and derisive sexual characterizations. In the colonial era, elites enacted public and private sexual regulation to support racial, gender, and class based inequalities through the patriarchal household, as well as government and religious institutions. Elites designed laws, judicial and religious practices, institutions, and sermons that betrayed their sense that some groups of persons were criminal, the cause of sexual vice, and in need of supervision, while ... More

Keywords: Patriarchy, sexuality, Massachusetts, gender, American Revolution, race, interracial sex, colonial era, early republic, women, Indians, African Americans

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199928422
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928422.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly A. Ryan, author
Indiana University Southeast