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Contents Acknowledgements List of Tables Abbreviations of Works Cited Introduction 1 1. A "disobedient, clamorous" Wife: The Problem of Wifely Submission 22 2. "A Trifling Sum": Economic Support and Consumer Spending in New England Marriages 60 3. "The Duties of a Wife": The Meaning of Women's Work 91 4. "The Wicked Agency of Others": Community Involvement and Marital Discord 132 5. "Having Confidence in Her Own Abilities": Coping With Estrangement 171 6. "Free and Clear From All Claims": Divorce and the Contradictory Nature of Women's Status 204 Afterword: Settling "all matters of dispute": Marital Conflict, Negotiation, and Compromise 233 Notes 244 Select Bibliography 308
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Marital conflict -- New England -- History -- 18th century.
Marital conflict -- New England -- History -- 19th century.
Wives -- New England -- History.
Husband and wife -- New England -- History.
Legal advertising -- New England -- History.