Married Women's Property and Male Coercion: United States Courts and the Privy Examination, 1864-1887

  title={Married Women's Property and Male Coercion: United States Courts and the Privy Examination, 1864-1887},
  author={Stacy Braukman and Michael A. (Michael Anthony) Ross},
  journal={Journal of Women's History},
  pages={57 - 80}
This article addresses an overlooked area of married women's property law: the separate or privy examination. Under state privy examination laws, a married woman who intended to sell or mortgage her own property was required to be interviewed by a public official in order to determine whether she understood the transaction and whether her husband had coerced her into it. This article traces the dramatic transformation in the ways in which courts interpreted these supposedly protective statutes… 
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