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Revolutionary Conceptions: Women, Fertility, and Family Limitation in America, 1760-1820

Susan E. Klepp


In the Age of Revolution, how did American women conceive their lives and marital obligations? By examining the attitudes and behaviors surrounding the contentious issues of family, contraception, abortion, sexuality, beauty, and identity, this book demonstrates that many women—rural and urban, free and enslaved—began to radically redefine motherhood. They asserted, or attempted to assert, control over their bodies, their marriages, and their daughters' opportunities. Late-eighteenth-century American women were among the first in the world to disavow the continual childbearing and large famili ... More

Keywords: Age of Revolution, motherhood, childbearing, womanhood, parenthood, femininity, Revolutionary-era women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780807833223
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807838716_Klepp


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan E. Klepp, author