Faithless Wives and Lazy Husbands: Gender Norms in Nineteenth Century Divorce Law

@inproceedings{Cahn2001FaithlessWA,
  title={Faithless Wives and Lazy Husbands: Gender Norms in Nineteenth Century Divorce Law},
  author={Naomi R. Cahn},
  year={2001}
}
The article examines the nature of marriage and the expectations of husbands and wives in nineteenth century America by analyzing trial reports of famous nineteenth century divorce cases. The article argues that the textured history of divorce law in the United States shows how the law has affected gendered marital roles through its regulation of divorce. While fault is no longer the focus of divorce, conformity with gendered expectations remains a central aspect of the marital dissolution… Expand
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