Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 October 2016

296 Pages | 12 illus.

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190627317

Bookseller Code (1A)

Charity and Sylvia

A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America

Rechel Hope Cleves

  • This award-winning book overturns conventional notions that same-sex marriage is new. It presents evidence that the union between Charity and Sylvia was regarded as a marriage or something like it in the early nineteenth century.
  • This is the only history of a marriage between two American women before the Civil War.
  • The book draws on new and seldom-studied sources to add an unknown story to our limited knowledge of LGBT history in early America.