Legislating Women's Sexuality: Cherokee Marriage Laws in the Nineteenth Century

  title={Legislating Women's Sexuality: Cherokee Marriage Laws in the Nineteenth Century},
  author={Fay A. Yarbrough},
  journal={Journal of Social History},
  pages={385 - 406}
During the first half of the nineteenth century, the Cherokee Nation passed many laws to regulate marriage and sex. This essay first contemplates the gendered aspects of such laws by exploring the importance of Cherokee women's marital choices and official response to those choices. In particular, Cherokee women's choice of non-Cherokee marital partners, most frequently whites, and the concomitant introduction of outsiders into the Nation forced the Cherokee legislative branch to reformulate… 

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