Nancy F. Cott: "The Trials of (Same-sex) Marriage: Why History Matters"
Part of the UNC Program in Sexuality Studies series, “Equality Matters,” an examination of the legal, economic, and social implications of same-sex unions. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Department of Women's Studies.
Feb 07, 2012
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
|Where||University Room, Hyde Hall|
|Contact Name||Nancy Gray Schoonmaker|
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Nancy F. Cott is Jonathan Trumball Professor of American History at Harvard University. Her books include
- The Bonds of Womanhood: “Woman’s Sphere” in New England, 1780–1835 (Yale University Press, 1977)
- The Grounding of Modern Feminism (Yale University Press, 1987)
- A Woman Making History: Mary Ritter Beard Through Her Letters (Yale University Press, 1991)
- Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation (Harvard University Press, 2000)
"Nancy F. Cott's sweeping history of the legal and political institution of marriage in the United States argues convincingly that marriage laws have both shaped and reflected the meaning of citizenship and that of the nation itself. Cott demonstrates that, far from simply providing private unions with state sanction, marriage laws have determined spousal rights and responsibilities, specified who is allowed to marry whom, and defined which unions are legitimate in the public eye. Through its promotion and enforcement of a particular form of heterosexual lifelong monogamy, the government has reinforced gender and racial hierarchies. . . ."
—Review of Public Vows by Elaine Tyler May in The Journal of American History
This event is free and open to the public.