The American Revolution, Wife Beating, and the Emergent Value of Privacy

  title={The American Revolution, Wife Beating, and the Emergent Value of Privacy},
  author={R. Howard Bloch},
  journal={Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal},
  pages={223 - 251}
  • R. Bloch
  • Published 25 September 2007
  • Law, History
  • Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Using Abigail Adams's famous plea "to remember the Ladies" as its starting point, this paper examines the legal treatment of wife beating between the colonial period and the mid-nineteenth century. Trends within judicial decisions, legal treatises, and justice of the peace manuals suggest that the American Revolution contributed to a decline in the state's willingness to intervene on behalf of victims of domestic violence. Pointing to the American Revolution's dual commitment to private rights… 

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