Public Emblem, Private Realm: Marital Supremacy in U.S. History

Lecture Description

This lecture discusses the significance of public assumptions about marriage as a linchpin of social and economic order throughout U.S. history. It will delve into the many ways that gender expectations and racial formation have been driven not only by such assumptions but also by concomitant economic and social policies. The vaunted ‘individualism’ said to characterize American life looks different when the centrality of the institution of marriage to public policy is highlighted.


Family Politics

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