February 24, 2011, 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Warning Stories and Radically Conservative Choices: The Politics of Polygamy in Early Spanish North America
Sarah Pearsall, Oxford Brookes University
This paper examines conflicts over polygamy in early Spanish North America, attending to confrontations occasioned by colonial and missionary contacts. The study of early American polygamy provides a novel perspective and a deeper understanding of concerns with which Americans continue to wrestle: who has the right to regulate and define marriage, and why. It also raises questions about the place of family, kinship, and gender in colonial encounters. This paper argues that disputes over marriage and polygamy were in many cases central to larger conflicts between colonizers and Native Americans. This paper will focus on arguments over polygamy in missions in Spanish colonies in North America.
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The Newberry Library Seminar in Early American History and Culture
Co-sponsored by the History Departments of DePaul University, Lake Forest College, Loyola University Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture at the University of Chicago
Coordinated by Betsy Erkkila, Northwestern University and Robert Morrissey, Lake Forest College
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