Looking for additional panelists, chair, and commentator for a panel on women and money, gender and property, and/or marriage and authority. My own paper explores how wealthy families balanced marriage settlements with husbands' prerogatives. As the practice of securing marriage settlements (prenuptial agreements) became a common if not routine practice in southern states (which retained Courts of Chancery), courting couples and their families had to negotiate the limits of husbands' power as heads of household. I focus particularly on mid-nineteenth century South Carolina to explore how women's property ownership functioned within a deeply patriarchal system.
Thank you, and happy New Year!
Lyon G. Tyler Department of History
The College of William & Mary
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