The Republican Wife: Virtue and Seduction in the Early Republic

@article{Lewis1987TheRW,
  title={The Republican Wife: Virtue and Seduction in the Early Republic},
  author={J. Lewis},
  journal={William and Mary Quarterly},
  year={1987},
  volume={44},
  pages={689}
}
  • J. Lewis
  • Published 1987
  • Sociology
  • William and Mary Quarterly
W TrHEN the American colonists commenced rebellion against the British government and assumed the separate and equal station to which they believed the laws of God and nature both entitled them, they found in marriage-"that SOCIAL UNION, which the beneficent Creator instituted for the happiness of Man"-a metaphor for their ideal of social and political relationships. In the republic envisioned by American writers, citizens were to be bound together not by patriarchy's duty or liberalism's self… Expand