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History of Stepfamilies in Early America

Lisa Wilson


Stepfamilies are not a modern invention. George Washington, the father of the United States, was a stepfather, but despite this reality, the history of stepfamilies in America has yet to be fully explored. This book examines the stereotypes and realities of colonial stepfamilies and reveals them as important figures in early United States domestic history. Cultural views of stepfamilies during this time placed great strain on stepmothers and stepfathers, and both were viewed as either unfit substitutes or as potentially unstable influences. Nowhere were these concepts stronger than in white, m ... More

Keywords: stepfamilies, domestic history, middle class, stepparents, remarriage, New England, family unit

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469618425
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469618449.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lisa Wilson, author
Conneticut College