Married Women's Property Rights Bibliography


From: Emily Daniell Magruder <magruder@HUMnet.UCLA.EDU> Subject: Re: Women's Property Rights

Included here is a bibliography of mostly recent work on Married Women's Property Rights in the United States. My apologies for taking so long to get this out.

Emily Daniell Magruder


Basch, Norma. "The Emerging Legal History of Women in the United States: Property, Divorce, and the Constitution." Signs 12 (Autumn 1986): 97-117.

-----. "Equality v. Equity: Emerging Concepts of Women's Political Status in the Age of Jackson." Journal of the Early Republic 3, 3 (Fall 1983): 297-318.

-----. In the Eyes of the Law: Married Women's Property Rights in Nineteenth-Century New York. Dissertation. New York University, 1979.

-----. "Invisible Women: The Legal Fiction of Marital Unity in Nineteenth-Century America." Feminist Studies 5 (Summer 1979): 346-66.

Chused, Richard H. "Late Nineteenth Century Married Women's Property Law: Reception of the Early Married Women's Property Acts by Courts and Legislatures." The American Journal of Legal History 29, 1 (January 1985): 3-35.

-----. "Married Women's Property Law: 1800 - 1850." The Georgetown Law Journal 71 (1983): 1359-1425.

-----. "The Oregon Donation Act of 1850 and Nineteenth Century Federal Married Women's Property Law." Law and History Review 2 (1984): 44-78.

Cleary, Catherine B. "Married Women's Property Rights in Wisconsin, 1846-1872." Wisconsin Magazine of History 78, 2 (Winter 1994-95): 110-137.

Hoff-Wilson, Joan. "The Legal Status of Women in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries." Human Rights 6 (1976-1977): 125-34.

Johnston, John D., Jr. "Sex and Property: The Common Law Tradition, the Law School Curriculum, and Developments Toward Equality." New York University Law Review 47 (Dec. 1972): 1033-92.

Kerber, Linda. "From the Declaration of Independence to the Declaration of Sentiments: The Legal Status of Women in the Early Republic, 1776-1848." Human Rights 6 (1976-1977): 115-24.

Lazarou, Kathleen Elizabeth. "Concealed Under Petticoats: Married Women's Property and the Law of Texas, 1840-1913." Dissertation. Rice U, 1980.

Lebsock, Suzanne D. "Radical Reconstruction and the Property Rights of Southern Women." Journal of Southern History 43, 2 (May 1977): 195-216.

Matsuda, Mari J. "The West and the Legal Status of Women: Explanations of Frontier Feminism." Journal of the West 24, 1 (January 1985): 47-56.

Rabkin, Peggy A. Fathers to Daughters: The Legal Foundations of Female Emancipation. 1980.

-----. "The Origins of Law Reform: The Social Significance of the Nineteenth-Century Codification Movement and Its Contribution to the Passage of the Early Married Women's Property Acts." Buffalo Law Review 24 (1975): 683.

Salmon, Marylynn. "The Legal Status of Women in Early America: A Reappraisal." Law and History Review 1, 1 (Spring 1983): 129.

-----. Women and the Law of Property in Early America. Chapel Hill: 1986.

Shammas, Carole. "Re-Assessing the Married Women's Property Acts." Journal of Women's History 6, 1 (Spring 1994): 9-30.

Shanley, Mary Lyndon. "Suffrage, Protective Labor Legislation, and Married Women's Property Laws in England." Signs 12, 1 (Autumn 1986): 62-77.

Speth, Linda E. "Married Women's Property Acts, 1839-1865: Reform, Reaction, or Revolution?" In Women and the Law: The Social Historical Perspective, ed. D. Kelly Weisberg, vol. 2 (Cambridge, MA: Schenkman Publishing Co., 1982): 69-91.

Thurman, Kay E. "The Married Women's Property Acts." LL.M. Thesis. U Wisconsin School of Law, 1966.

Warbasse, Elizabeth Bowles. The Changing Legal Rights of Married Women, 1800-1861. New York: Garland Publishing, 1987.

Emily Daniell Magruder
UCLA Dept. of English
magruder@humnet.ucla.edu