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Published: 03 July 2014

296 Pages | 19 illustrations


ISBN: 9780199335428

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Charity and Sylvia

A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America

Rachel Hope Cleves

  • The 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.
  • Regional (New England) interest; strong local history market, esp. Mass. and Vermont