This study investigates how gender and race became intertwined components of the social order in colonial Virginia. It focuses on two related issues: the role of. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race and · Power in Colonial Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, xvi +. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs has ratings and 24 reviews. Susanne said: I LOVE the title of this book. And the subject matter is.

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Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia. To say the author was reaching would be an understatement.

Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia

She juxtaposes the metamorphic role of women which embodied that of a good wife, and nasty wench. Common Women who aspired for a respectable reputation avoided evenings drinking and accommodations in taverns.

Nov 07, Rebecca Dunbar rated it it was amazing. The instruments of law and courts removed both female voices and the negotiated statuses of the prosecuted within their own communities from consideration.

She asserts that in the eighteenth century, white male Virginians sought to formulate an identity with which they could find comfort, one whose origins could be traced to English tradition.


Kathleen Brown offers amazing perspective on gender, race and power. Account Options Sign in. Brown investigates how sixteenth-century English concerns about unrestrained women, colonizing Wenchds and Africa, and exercising state control were translated to colonial Virginia.

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The implementation of tax laws that differentiated between black and white women, the existence of hereditary slavery based on the mother’s race and status, and legal definitions of a “Christian” placed greater emphasis on patriarchal distinctions.

The issue of engendering racial difference takes center stage, as Brown argues that race is in part a social construct, and that adn concept here was used to further define English identity in the New World. Gender and the Politics of Freedom pp.

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Dec 03, Marla rated it really liked it Shelves: Jun 14, Anna Rikki rated it it was amazing Shelves: Virginia Colony United States. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarch is a remarkable study propelling the issues of race, gender and power to the forefront in colonial Virginia.

It was into this fluid world of frustrated identity that unfree Patriarcsh were imported. The uprising led to a political makeover in the colony, when anxious white men aspiring to higher status achieved their goal of attaining similar privileges to those of the gentry patriarchs. Refresh and try again.

Want to Read saving…. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Indeed, Brown pxtriarchs this discussion in Part II of her monograph. Brown’s analysis extends through Bacon’s Rebellion inan important juncture in consolidating the colony’s white male public culture, and into the eighteenth century.


The Anglo-Indian Gender Frontier pp. Who knew gender frontiers could be so fun.

Return to Book Page. She demonstrates that, despite elite planters’ dominance, wives, children, free people of color, and enslaved men and women continued to influence the meaning of race and class in colonial Virginia.

Consequently, good wives were white, nasty wenches were black, and anxious patriarchs resembled insecure white males whom fought to maintain control over rebellious servants, slaves, wives, and children. Concentered, the English were forced to further refine what was essential about masculinity and femininity in order to maintain their own sense of superiority. I put this down to finish “Here I Am,” but am back to it.

Michaela rated it it was amazing Apr wibes, Very well written for a dissertation. No trivia or quizzes yet. Aug 06, Anne added it. American Historical Association members Sign in via society site.