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Taming Passion for the Public GoodPolicing Sex in the Early Republic$
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Mark E. Kann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770191

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770191.001.0001

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Resilient Patriarchal Authority

Resilient Patriarchal Authority

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Taming Passion for the Public Good

Mark E. Kann

NYU Press

This chapter examines the authority by which civic leaders and public officials policed sex in post-Revolutionary America. It considers the local elites' belief that their historical and intellectual forbears bequeathed to them patriarchal authority under God, along with the connection between patriarchal family authority and patriarchal political authority that survived the American Revolution and continued to provide justification for policing the sexual lives of Americans. It first discusses police power as it relates to patriarchy and its adaptation by Americans before proceeding with an analysis of Americans' liberal opposition to patriarchal authority. It then explores the tension between patriarchal authority and liberalism and how the two ideas were reconciled, along with the difference between family fathers' authority and governors' authority. It also explains how America's political fathers exercised patriarchal authority in a liberal society and concludes by reflecting on cultural, political, and legal issues surrounding patriarchy after the American Revolution.

Keywords:   civic leaders, patriarchal authority, family authority, political authority, American Revolution, sexual lives, police power, patriarchy, liberalism, sex

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