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  • Sex among the Rabble: An Intimate History of Gender and Power in the Age of Revolution, Philadelphia, 1730-1830 (Published for the Omohundro Institute ... History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia)
  • Clare A. Lyons
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  • 22 April 2020
  • 9780807856758

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Free download ✓ Sex among the Rabble: An Intimate History of Gender and Power in the Age of Revolution, Philadelphia, 1730-1830 (Published for the Omohundro Institute ... History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia) ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Argues by creating a gender system that simultaneously allowed them the liberty of their passions constrained middle class women with virtue and projected licentiousness onto lower class whites and African AmericansLyons's analysis shows how class and racial divisions fostered new constructions of sexuality that served as a foundation for gender This gendering of sexuality in the new nation was integral to reconstituting social hierarchies and subordinating women and African Americans in the wake of the Revoluti. In Sex among the Rabble An Intimate History of Gender Power in the Age of Revolution Philadelphia 1730 1830 Clare A Lyon explores how Philadelphian society used the reconstruction of gender systems to organize and regulate power as a response to the altered perspective of gender provided by the Enlightenment 2 3 Specifically Lyon studies the subjugation of women and African Americans through sexuality Lyon navigates a wide area of early American cultural history with their gender relations and accepted sexual activities She then proceeds to explain how the normalization of these systems was used to disenfranchise women and separate by class and race With this argument Lyon intends to fill a crucial gap in the history of sexuality in America 4 She suggests that Philadelphia differs in gender relations than the longer established New England colonies and thus provides a uniue history of gender sex and power for early America 6 Lyon also points to her personal experiences in contemporary women s rights movements as a motivation to address the interwoven strands of racial gender and economic oppression evident in the sexual subordination of women 395 While a direct link between the eighteenth and twenty first centuries would be tenuous Lyon does an excellent job of showing how normative sexuality can be a powerful subjugating force Sex among the Rabble primarily deals with issues of power Lyon touches on many forms of power and specifically those of interest to American historians economic political and the autonomy of individuals All of these ideas are threaded together with gender history Additionally Lyon studies the sexuality of subaltern groups While some might suggest this is a feminist work but such a suggestion would meet varying degrees of success Feminism itself would not lend well to her emphasis on African Americans and racial ineuity and her operating definition of the term patriarchy wouldn t be consistent with other feminists Nevertheless Lyon draws ideas from feminism for example gender roles as a performed act rather than a biological certainty Lyon wields a wide variety of sources effectively She includes newspaper advertisements as de facto divorces stories from almanacs that relate cultural understanding as well as civic and court records that detail circumstances of specific events The amount of depth Lyon discovers in these sources inspires Beyond simply discovering and conveying these sources to the reader Lyon skillfully interprets the cultural relevance of each This use of cultural history is particularly apparent in her exposition of almanacs Freuently used by historians studying early America almanacs provide a wider cultural view than the circumstances of an isolated incident might In one case Lyon uses the first explicitly bawdy poem printed in a Philadelphian almanac to show the changing popular tastes 119 Sex among the Rabble begins in the middle of the eighteenth century The first part of three is devoted to exploring the sexual terrain of the period Primarily focusing on providing context for her argument Lyon delves into how Philadelphians understood and practiced gender She then continues to explore how this understanding grew wider The second part looks for the influence of the Enlightenment and revolutionary thought on gender relations Lyon argues that the ideas of the Enlightenment raised uestions concerning individual rights Further Lyon places Philadelphian gender relationships within the scope of the American Revolution Finally the third part of the book discusses the normalization of sexuality and the reassertion of a white male headed hierarchy Here she discusses the codification of sexuality and the development a two tier system of sexuality which reinforced both class and racial divisions 310 While Lyons has organized her book chronologically this is the result of organizing the book to show the transforming beliefs of a people group Sex among the Rabble should be reuired reading for every student of American history The wide variety of sources and Lyon s deep insight into each spurs one to consider fresh approaches every field By narrowing her focus exclusively to Pennsylvania and its capital Philadelphia specifically Lyon is able to develop unyielding conclusions with wide implications Even so Lyon never oversteps her work and limits her claims to areas within her purview The result is a compelling work on power that brings sexuality to the forefront After on Lyon s work sexuality should be considered in all cultural histories as an influential force in the distribution and denial power

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Free download ✓ Sex among the Rabble: An Intimate History of Gender and Power in the Age of Revolution, Philadelphia, 1730-1830 (Published for the Omohundro Institute ... History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia) ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Iberty freedom and individualism in the politics of everyday life among groups of early Americans typically excluded from formal systems of governance women African Americans and poor classes of whites Lyons shows that men and women created a vibrant urban pleasure culture including the eroticization of print culture as eighteenth century readers became fascinated with stories of bastardy prostitution seduction and adultery In the post Revolutionary reaction white middle class men asserted their authority Lyons. 45 Excellent work

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Free download ✓ Sex among the Rabble: An Intimate History of Gender and Power in the Age of Revolution, Philadelphia, 1730-1830 (Published for the Omohundro Institute ... History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia) ↠ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Placing sexual culture at the center of power relations in Revolutionary era Philadelphia Clare A Lyons uncovers a world where runaway wives challenged their husbands' patriarchal rights and where serial and casual sexual relationships were commonplace By reading popular representations of sex against actual behavior Lyons reveals the clash of meanings given to sex and illuminates struggles to recast sexuality in order to eliminate its subversive potential Sexuality became the vehicle for exploring currents of l. This is an important book for understanding the history of women in the US It s an amazing work of history with great notes it s probably not for a lay reader but even so give it a shot I came to this book interested in a very specific point in Philadelphia s historybut also as someone who has worked for victims rights primarily women who were sexually victimized I can t emphasize enough how looking at this century of change in attitudes about sexuality and gender just in this one city can tell us about how mutable attitudes about sex and gender can be and how fast they can change Between 1730 and 1830 prevailing attitudes about extra marital sex from prostitution to adultery to seduction to bastardy to child support went from permissive and understanding to women as victims who had power to shape their lives to the typical fallen woman brought it on herself attitude that sadly still exists Philadelphia in the decades before the Revolution was liberal and rather practical in how it treated sex For example prostitution was rarely prosecuted divorce was relatively easy to obtain extra judicially but a divorce law did emerge later and there was an established bureaucracy for ensuring illegitimate children would be provided for Fallen women could go on with their lives and rejoin society In the early nineteenth century though all of this was changing as gendersex roles calcified Fallen women narratives generally ended in disease and death Women had fewer resources available to them to obtain support for their illegitimate children This understanding is the story we re already familiar withAlthough it is depressing reading what now seems like the inevitable march to AntebellumVictorian attitudes I came away from the book with renewed hope that a reverse trend back toward liberality compassion and understanding is possible too In the last thirty years so much has changed in the US and around the world At the end of a century just imagine how far we could go