Sex gender and culture in old california

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sex gender and culture in old california

Intimate Frontiers: Sex, Gender, and Culture in Old California by Albert L. Hurtado

This book reveals how powerful undercurrents of sex, gender, and culture helped shape the history of the American frontier from the 1760s to the 1850s. Looking at California under three flags--those of Spain, Mexico, and the United States--Hurtado resurrects daily life in the missions, at mining camps, on overland trails and sea journeys, and in San Francisco. In these settings Hurtado explores courtship, marriage, reproduction, and family life as a way to understand how men and women--whether Native American, Anglo American, Hispanic, Chinese, or of mixed blood--fit into or reshaped the roles and identities set by their race and gender.

Hurtado introduces two themes in delineating his intimate frontiers. One was a libertine California, and some of its delights were heartily described early in the 1850s: [Gold] dust was plentier than pleasure, pleasure more enticing than virtue. Fortune was the horse, youth in the saddle, dissipation the track, and desire the spur. Not all the times were good or giddy, and in the tragedy of a teenage domestic who died in a botched abortion or a brutalized Indian woman we see the seamy underside of gender relations on the frontier. The other theme explored is the reaction of citizens who abhorred the loss of moral standards and sought to suppress excess. Their efforts included imposing all the stabilizing customs of whichever society dominated California--during the Hispanic period, arranged marriages and concern for family honor were the norm; among the Anglos, laws regulated prostitution, missionaries railed against vices, and proper women were brought in to help civilize the frontier.
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Explores the role of sex and gender on California's multi-cultural frontier under the influences of Spain, Mexico, and the United States. Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours.
Albert L. Hurtado

Intimate frontiers: sex, gender, and culture in old California

This book reveals how powerful undercurrents of sex, gender, and culture helped shape the history of the American frontier from the s to the s. Looking at California under three flags--those of Spain, Mexico, and the United States--Hurtado resurrects daily life in the missions, at mining camps, on overland trails and sea journeys, and in San Francisco. In these settings Hurtado explores courtship, marriage, reproduction, and family life as a way to understand how men and women--whether Native American, Anglo American, Hispanic, Chinese, or of mixed blood--fit into or reshaped the roles and identities set by their race and gender. Hurtado introduces two themes in delineating his intimate frontiers. One was a libertine California, and some of its delights were heartily described early in the s: "[Gold] dust was plentier than pleasure, pleasure more enticing than virtue.

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Margaret D. Jacobs, Albert L. Histories of the American Frontier.

Ethnohistory The frontier occupies a special place in the history of the Americas, often evoking legends and myths of exoticism. Hurtado [End Page ] uses the lens of gender theory to provide a new reading of California history. His text is not at all heavy-handed, however, and as a result, the book is very readable and definitely should be considered for the classroom. The author is particularly successful in conveying his sense of excitement as he tells the story of how his research began and how the story of Amelia Kuchinsky who died because of a failed abortion haunted him.

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