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The Great Life-Long Mistake: Women’s Rights Advocates and the Feminist Critique of Early Marriage

Nicholas L. Syrett

in American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781469629537
eISBN:
9781469629551
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629537.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Focusing on the writings of antebellum women’s rights activist Elizabeth Oakes Smith, this chapter demonstrates that many objected to early marriage for girls, but for a variety of reasons. Some ... More


American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States

Nicholas L. Syrett

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9781469629537
eISBN:
9781469629551
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629537.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Medieval History

Most in the United States likely associate the concept of the child bride with the mores and practices of the distant past. But Nicholas L. Syrett challenges this assumption in his sweeping and ... More


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