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Introduction: Bachelors in Early America 1 1. "Unmarried Men Are Best Friends, Best Masters, Best Servants": Singles in Early Colonial America 12 2. "If a Single Man and Able He Shall Make Satisfaction": The Bachelor Laws 50 3. "Every One of Them Shall Be Chained about the Middle to a Post Like a Monkey": Literary Representations of the Bachelor 84 4. "I Resolve to Live a Batchelor While I Remain in This Wicked Country": Living Single in Early America 120 5. "The Bachelor Is the Only Free Man": The Single Man and the American Revolution 160 Epilogue: Bachelors since 1800 198 Appendix: Singles' Laws, 1500-1800 203