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Charity and Sylvia : a same-sex marriage in early America

Author: Rachel Hope Cleves
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2017.
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Explores the lives of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, two ordinary middle-class women who serve as a window on historical constructs of marriage, gender, and sexuality in late 18th-century and early 19th-century America. Both were born in Massachusetts, but in different towns, 11 years apart. Charity's attachment to women was so blatant that after she turned 20, her father told her to leave the house. She worked as  Read more...
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Named Person: Charity Bryant; Sylvia Drake; Charity Bryant; Sylvia Drake
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Rachel Hope Cleves
ISBN: 9780190627317 019062731X
OCLC Number: 959981929
Description: xix, 267 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface --
A child of melancholy, 1777 --
Infantile days, 1784 --
O the example!, 1787 --
Mistress of a school, 1797 --
So many friends, 1799 --
Discontent and indifferent, 1800 --
Never to marry, 1800 --
Charity and Mercy, 1805 --
Charity and Lydia, 1806 --
Charity and Sylvia, February 1807 --
The tie that binds, July 1807 --
Their own dwelling, 1809 --
Wild affections, 1811 --
Miss Bryant was the man, 1820 --
Dear aunts, 1823 --
Stand fast in one spirit, 1828 --
Diligent in business, 1835 --
The cure of her I love, 1839 --
Sylvia Drake / W, 1851 --
Other Titles: Charity & Sylvia :
Responsibility: Rachel Hope Cleves.


Charity and Sylvia is the intimate history of the extraordinary marriage of two ordinary early American women. Their story, drawn from the women's personal writings and other original documents,  Read more...
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The book is the first to delve deep into the history of an early American same-sex marriage. Cleves sees Drake and Bryant not as an aberration, but as part of a larger history of same-sex Read more...

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