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Homesteads ungovernable : families, sex, race, and the law in frontier Texas, 1823-1860 / Mark M. Carroll.

By: Carroll, Mark M. (Mark McNeese).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: JSTOR eBooks.Jack and Doris Smothers series in Texas history, life, and culture: no. 3.Publisher: Austin, TX : University of Texas Press, c2001Edition: 1st ed.Description: 1 online resource (xx, 244 p.).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 0292796498 (electronic bk.); 9780292796492 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Families -- Texas -- 19th century | Sex role -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Domestic relations -- Texas -- History -- 19th century | Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas -- 19th century | Texas -- Race relations | Texas -- Social life and customsAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Homesteads ungovernable.DDC classification: 306.85/09764/09034 Other classification: NP 6020 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Ardent adventurers and borderland beauties (Tender ties beyond the pale) -- Eros and dominion (Indians, Tejanos, and Anglos) -- Intimacy and subjugation (Property rights and Black Texans) -- Turbulent prairies homes (Marital Formalities and institutional disarray) -- Slip-knot marriages and patchwork nests (The household redefined) -- Iniquitous partners (Wanton husbands and delinquent wives.).
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HQ536.15.T4 C37 2001 (Browse shelf) https://ezproxy.uttyler.edu/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7560/712270 Available ocm70179495

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Ardent adventurers and borderland beauties (Tender ties beyond the pale) -- Eros and dominion (Indians, Tejanos, and Anglos) -- Intimacy and subjugation (Property rights and Black Texans) -- Turbulent prairies homes (Marital Formalities and institutional disarray) -- Slip-knot marriages and patchwork nests (The household redefined) -- Iniquitous partners (Wanton husbands and delinquent wives.).

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Carroll (history, Univ. of Missouri-Columbia) shows how frontier society and public institutions both shaped and responded to family and sexual norms in antebellum Texas in ways radically different from those of the urbanizing North and the more settled states of the slave South. Republican idealism, patriarchy, and racism certainly affected the development of society and family life in Texas from 1823 to 1860. The frontier channeled these influences in extraordinary ways, often resulting in unintended social and legal patterns. Stressful living conditions, institutional disarray, land-grant rules designed to promote rapid settlement, and a dysfunctional law of matrimony made settling Anglo-Texan families highly unstable, as did the often self-indulgent and sexually promiscuous behavior of Anglo-Texan men. Postindependence law adjusted to a double standard that permitted these men sexual liberty with Indian, Tejano, and black women, but made relatively scarce Anglo women accessible to them usually only through marriage. Even so, pioneer conditions, land policy, and the Hispanic matrimonial property regime prompted homesteading spouses to work cooperatively and often ruthlessly as conjugal joint venturers, grounding their marriages in survival and economic imperatives rather than in republican family ideals. Upper-division undergraduate collections and above. M. Klatte Eastern Kentucky University

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