3229 / Landry, Bart. 2000. Black Working Wives: Pioneers of the American Family Revolution


“Oblivious of this wow’s origin in the English ‘common law doctrine of coverture which established the legal fiction that a husband and wife took on a single legal identity upon marriage – the identity of the husband’, brides eagerly gave up their own family names to assume those of their husbands and counted themselves lucky to become a new person, Mrs. John Smith or Mrs. Smith.”

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