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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I may have enjoyed this book more, were it not assigned as a text book. 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.

Related articles in Google Scholar. Indeed, such a methodology permits Brown to focus her attention on gend In Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs, Kathleen Brown seeks to argue that the construction of gender in the seventeenth century serves as foundation to the systemization of race in Virginia. Kathleen Brown examines the origins of racism and slavery in British North America from the perspective of gender. Open Preview See a Problem?

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. Sexual Regulation and the Social Construction of Race pp. Whereas such established hierarchies prevailed in England, early encounters with Indians on the American frontier disrupted the definitions of gender. American Historical Association members Sign in via society site.

The prevention of Africans from forming socially legitimate households rooted the system, while class distinctions fiercely preserved between white women, as well as the unfree labor of slaves, allowed their husbands and sons to create an egalitarian culture of free white manhood. Sign In Forgot password?


As Virginian society expanded in the s, white male elites deployed a fear of slave revolts, a benign but false rhetoric of paternalism toward slaves and women, and a culture of conspicuous consumption to maintain their power. Sep 06, Joseph Stieb rated it liked it Shelves: Ben Hellwege rated it really liked it Jan 30, Vile Rogues and Qives Men: Indeed, Brown continues this discussion in Part II of her monograph.

If you’re at all interested in colonial Virginia, this is definitely the go-to book.

Sep 23, Josh rated it it was amazing. 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.

Additionally, Brown contends that Bacon’s Rebellion in became a pivotal moment in Virginian history.

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From “Foul Crimes” to “Spurious Issue”: But the rise of racial slavery also transformed gender relations, including ideals of masculinity. According to Brown, gender is both a basic social relationship and a model for social hierarchies and it therefore helped determine the construction The Anglo-Indian Gender Frontier pp. Email alerts New issue alert. This is still one my favorite books from undergrad. Englishmen viewed foreign civilizations, particularly their lands through gendered lenses.

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Trivia About Good Wives, Nasty But having to read it specifically for homework made it dull and a waste of time. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation.

It also has one of the greatest titles of in the history of history books. In response to the presence of Indians, the shortage of labor, and the insecurity of social rank, Virginia’s colonial government tried to reinforce its authority by regulating the labor and sexuality of English servants and by making legal distinctions between English and African women. Brown argues that this gendered distinction was not just a human classification, but also theoretical affirmation of power that applied to the English’s view of colonization.


As for afro-Virginian and Indian women, they were the most susceptible to abuse and attacks. Brown carefully traces how ill-defined racial categories were and the successful integration and sometimes intermarriage of the first generation of Africans in Virginia. Amy Strolle rated it it was amazing Sep 06, In this respect, she posits that Virginians constructed race and gender simultaneously through gendered lenses.

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First, she discusses the conditions of existing gendered relations in seventeenth century England. Contact Contact Us Help.

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. Gender and Social Order in a Colonial Settlement pp. This conceptual bridge allows Brown to revise traditional understandings of slavery’s development in Virginia.

Article PDF first page preview. Tea Table Discourses and Slanderous Tongues: Kathleen Brown examines the origins of racism and slavery in British North America from the perspective of gender.

Jun 25, Christina rated it it was amazing.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Abbreviations and Notes on the Text pp. Gerry Nissenbaum rated it really liked it Mar 23, Don’t be intimidated by the length — it’s worth every page. I alternate patriqrchs this and “Underground railroad,” which is intense.

Jul 03, John Beeler rated it it was ok.