Governing the Hearth

Governing the Hearth

Presenting a new framework for understanding the complex but vital relationship between legal history and the family, Michael Grossberg analyzes the formation of legal policies on such issues as common law marriage, adoption, and rights for illegitimate children. He shows how legal changes diminished male authority, increased women's and children's rights, and fixed more clearly the state's responsibilities in family affairs. Grossberg further illustrates why many… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (January 21, 2004)

Collection: Studies in Legal History

Page count: 436 pages

Language: English


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