This study investigates how gender and race became intertwined components of the social order in colonial Virginia. It focuses on two related issues: the role of. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race and · Power in Colonial Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, xvi +. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs has ratings and 24 reviews. Susanne said: I LOVE the title of this book. And the subject matter is.

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Aug 31, Andy Larson rated it did not like it. Indeed, such a methodology permits Brown to focus her attention on gend In Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs, Kathleen Brown seeks to anxlous that the construction of gender in the seventeenth century serves as foundation to the systemization of race in Virginia.

The prevention of Africans from forming socially legitimate households rooted the system, while class distinctions fiercely preserved between white women, as well as the unfree labor of slaves, allowed their husbands and sons to create an egalitarian culture of free white manhood.

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To support such a claim, Brown points to how afro-Virginian and Indian women were vulnerable to sexual predations of men of all ranks along Virginia’s roads. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Aug 06, Anne added it. Brown’s analysis extends through Bacon’s Rebellion inan important juncture in consolidating the colony’s white male public culture, and into the eighteenth century. Contact Contact Us Help.


The day inspired my Fall read. Nathaniel Bacon and the Dilemma of Colonial Masculinity pp. I loved the interplay between the various classes of women in Colonial Virginia and the descriptions of the social heiarchies they created.

I enjoy women’s history but sometimes I felt that the analysis was dense. A very academic book, not light reading.

Institute of Early American History and Culture, This is a whopping tome, but it’s quite good. She ascribes 21st century motives, aspirations and views to 16th and 17th century societies. The uprising led to a political makeover in the colony, when anxious white men aspiring to higher status achieved their goal of attaining similar privileges to those of the gentry patriarchs.

Additionally, Brown contends that Bacon’s Rebellion in became a pivotal moment in Virginian history. Laws that followed a generation later imposed steep fines on white women who procreated with African men and ensured the enslaved status of children born to African women. But the rise of racial slavery also transformed gender relations, including ideals of masculinity. Feb 22, Jen rated it it was ok Shelves: Dunning Prize in American History Throughout ten chapters, Brown explains her argumentation by focusing on three main points of analysis.


Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia

Amy Strolle rated it it was amazing Sep 06, My library Help Advanced Book Search. Concentered, the English were forced to further refine what was essential about masculinity and femininity in order to maintain their own sense of superiority.

The Anglo-Indian Gender Frontier pp. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Slavery after Rome, — First, following Joan Scott, Brown approaches gender as a social construction employed to legitimize power relationships by grounding them in a category perceived as the natural order of the world, beyond question and debate.

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Engendering Racial Difference, pp. Goodreads helps you keep track of books annd want to read. Hiked the Kings Mountain battlegrounds today. This practice, along with making slavery hereditary through the mother, contributed to the cultural shift whereby women of African descent assumed from lower-class English women both the burden of fieldwork and the stigma of moral corruption.