Taming Passion for the Public Good: Policing Sex in the Early Republic

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Let me begin by acknowledging my gratitude to Jessica Whittemore, who was my research assistant and intellectual guide through the nineteenthcentury world of American prostitution, brothels, and courts. I also want to thank Nick Buccola for a key conversation that forced me to clarify major issues in the manuscript. Finally, I would like to recognize the contributions of the hundreds of scholars and students who have asked questions, pointed out weaknesses, and forced me to rethink many aspects of this study. Their imprint is unmistakable.

I wish to thank Cambridge University Press for permission to reprint parts of Mark E. Kann, “Patriarchal Policing of Sex in the United States,” Politics and Gender 7, no. 3 (September 2011): 335–63. That article was an early exploration of some of the themes that matured (hopefully) in this book.

It is rare that families receive all the credit that is due to them. This book would have never seen print were it not for my family. I was ill from its very beginning. My wife, Kathy, proved to be a skillful nurse and provided me encouragement to make it through the first few chapters. My son, Simon, and daughter-in-law, Melissa, could always be counted on when needed … and they were needed. My three marvelous grandchildren—Shane, A.J., and Emma—could always be trusted to provide the humor and the love that motivated me to research and write, even when I did not feel like doing so. Thank you, Kann family.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • 1 - In the Shadow of Patriarchal Authority 1
  • 2 - Resilient Patriarchal Authority 23
  • 3 - The Need to Police Sex 49
  • 4 - Policing Impassioned Men 77
  • 5 - Policing Women’s Sex Lives 103
  • 6 - Policing Prostitution 129
  • 7 - The Patriarchal Core of Liberalism 161
  • Notes 183
  • Bibliography 213
  • Index 229
  • About the Author 237
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