A History of the Wife by Marilyn Yalom

By Marilyn Yalom

How did marriage, thought of a non secular responsibility in medieval Europe, turn into a venue for private achievement in modern the USA? How did the suggestion of romantic love, a novelty within the heart a while, develop into a prerequisite for marriage this day? And, if the unique function of marriage was once procreation, what precisely is the aim of marriage for ladies now? Combining "a scholar's rigor and a storyteller's craft"(San Jose Mercury News), individual cultural historian Marilyn Yalom charts the evolution of marriage within the Judeo Christian global throughout the centuries and exhibits how extensively our principles approximately marriage have replaced. For any girl who's, has been, or ever can be married, this intellectually full of life and gripping historic research of marriage sheds new mild on an establishment most folk take with no consideration, and which may, actually, be experiencing its so much convulsive upheaval because the Reformation.

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Her daughter Amy apparently was not so fortunate. There is no evidence that Amy ever married or had any children. Couples could be separated by the practice of hiring out or by a planter’s decision to send one member of a couple to work land owned by the family in another location. It took time to meet men from neighboring plantations. Because African women continued to do field work throughout much of a pregnancy, risks of miscarriage were high. ≥∂ The higher fertility of native-born couples in maturing communities 26 ) Women on the Move caused a di√erent problem.

Their original families scattered or dead, and colonial customs a distant memory, the captives often had built new lives among the Indians. Although originally hoping for a rescue, Mary Jemison (captured in 1755) voluntarily remained with the Seneca, marrying Women on the Move ( 35 first a Delaware and then a Seneca. ∏≤ During the last half of the eighteenth century warfare was a constant in the west. Throughout the 1740s Iroquois and Catawbas were at war. The Upper Creeks attacked the Cherokee in 1748.

The dwindling Mohawk population struggled to maintain traditions. Cultural accommodation increased. By 1771 most Mohawks, like Margaret and Mary, were nominal Christians. Missionaries encouraged men to assume women’s farm duties on individual fenced plots of ground and to replace hunting with raising of domesticated animals. These changes displaced women as owners and workers of fields and eroded the power of clan matrons who both oversaw women’s agricultural work and distributed harvest surpluses at councils and festivals.

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