Daughters of Eve: Pregnant Brides and Unwed Mothers in by Else L. Hambleton

By Else L. Hambleton

This learn examines situations of fornication, bastardy, and paternity instances introduced ahead of the courts in Essex County, Massachusetts among 1640 and 1692. Prosecution and conviction premiums, sentencing styles, and socio-economic facts, in addition to attitudes, have been analyzed to figure out that ladies who bore illegitimate little ones have been punished extra significantly than their male companions, and thought of with contempt through nearly all of women.

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