Sexual Revolution In Early America Summary

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Ruth Bloch's book comprised of eight essays titled Gender and morality in Anglo-America discusses the early century changes and importance of ideals on gender that came to promote cultural values. The book explores what are now considered the traditional gender roles and the influence of its 18th century origins by comparing these ideals with older and differing values. Bloch uses historically important developmental impacts on 18th century through use of religious, political, and literary accounts to support her claims on gender and its social effects. The under arching theme present throughout these essays emphasizes how the definition of gender has been shaped and the influences that relationships between cultural values, symbols, and concepts…show more content…
The book explores how sexual culture has been shaped by historical social, political, and legal developments through 18th century from England to British North America. Godbeer uses findings from legal documents and official records along with diaries and letters to support his research and claims. Godbeer’s narrative emphasizes the relationship and struggle between popular customs versus an individual’s morals and urges. He discusses puritan attitudes toward sexuality, the impacts of race and class on sexual mores, and the anxieties of interracial sexual relations. He concludes his claims by asserting that the progress in sexual culture in the eighteenth century subsequently gave notion to a more individualistic way of thinking regarding sexual desire and gender. The author, Richard Godbeer, is a Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside. Godbeer has also written numerous other acclaimed works such as, Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch to Live': The Other Witch Hunt of 1692 (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming) and The Devil's Dominion: Magic and Religion in Early New England (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1992) This source will be useful for contending that social effects and ideals on individual behavior and
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