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Documenting Intimate Matters : Primary Sources for a History of Sexuality in America

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Over time, sexuality in America has changed dramatically. Frequently redefined and often subject to different systems of regulation, it has been used as a means of control; it has been a way to understand ourselves and others; and it has been at the center of fierce political storms, including some of the most crucial changes in civil rights in the last decade. Edited by Thomas A. Foster, Documenting Intimate Mattersfeatures seventy-two documents that collectively highlight the broad diversity inherent in the history of American sexuality. Complementing the third edition of Intimate Matters,by John D'Emilio and Estelle B. Freedman-often hailed as the definitive survey of sexual history in America-the multiple narratives presented by these documents reveal the complexity of this subject in US history. The historical moments captured in this volume will show that, contrary to popular misconception, the history of sexuality is not a simple story of increased freedoms and sexual liberation, but an ongoing struggle between change and continuity.

Author Biography

Thomas A. Foster is associate professor of history and chair of the department of history at DePaul University. He is the author of Sex and the Eighteenth-Century Man: Massachusetts and the History of Sexuality in America and the editor of Long before Stonewall: Histories of Same-Sex Sexuality in Early America and New Men: Manliness in Early America

Table of Contents

Foreword: Using Documenting Intimate Mattersp. xi
John D'Emilio and Estelle Freedman Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Marital and Reproductive Matrix, 1600-1800p. 5
Massachusetts Body of Liberties (1641)p. 7
Jane Sharp, The Midwife's Book (1671)p. 9
Anne Bradstreet, "To My Dear and Loving Husband" (1678)p. 10
Witchcraft Trial of Catherina Lujan, New Mexico (1708)p. 11
John Lawson on Native American Women, North Carolina (1709)p. 14
Diary of William Byrd, Virginia Planter (1710-1712)p. 19
Unchast Practices (1716)p. 22
Chassin to Father Bobe, Louisiana (1722)p. 23
The Boston News-Letter on "Sodomitical Clubs" (1726)p. 25
Slander and Reputation in North Carolina Court Cases (1747, 1749)p. 26
John Smith, Quaker, Courts Hannah Logan (1748)p. 28
Keeping a House of Fornication (1754)p. 31
Life and Dying Speech of Arthur, a Negro Man (1768)p. 33
Depositions in the case of Sarah Muckamugg, Rhode Island (1752-1774)p. 37
Divided Passions, 1780-1900p. 39
Documenting Philadelphia Women's Self-Divorce in the Pennsylvania Gazette and Packet (1780S-1790S)p. 41
Sylvester Graham, Lecture to Young Men (1838)p. 43
Louisa Picquet, interviewed by H. Mattison, Louisa Picquet, the Octoroon; or, Inside Views of Southern Domestic Life (1840s)p. 45
Abraham Lincoln's correspondence with Joshua Speed (1842)p. 50
New York Sporting Whip (1843)p. 54
"The Lynching of a Mexican Woman in California" (1851)p. 55
"Indian Concubines" the National Era (1858)p. 57
Willie Ann Grey, Letter to Her Husband (1866)p. 58
Civil War Love Letter (1864)p. 60
Horatio R. Storer, Criminal Abortion (1868)p. 62
John Humphrey Noyes, Male Continence (1872)p. 65
Diary of Frederick Ryman (1884)p. 69
Women's Social Purity Meeting (1888)p. 72
Anthony Comstock, Traps for the Young (1883)p. 75
Toward a New Sexual Order, 1880-1930p. 77
Nicholas F. Cooke, Satan in Society (1890)p. 79
Dr. Clelia Mosher, Mosher Survey (1892)p. 82
Alice B. Stockham, Tokology (1898)p. 87
Ida B. Wells, Red Record (1895)p. 91
W. E. B. DuBois, Philadelphia Negro (1899)p. 95
Jane Addams, Spirit of Youth (1909)p. 97
Mexican American Ballads (corridos)p. 100
Pacific Northwest Male Prostitutionp. Truancy (1913)
George J. Kneeland, Commercialized Prostitution in New York City (1913)p. 104
Robert A. Woods and Albert J. Kennedy, Young Working Girls (1913)p. 108
O. Edward Janney, White Slave Traffic (1911)p. 112
Louis L. Krauss, "Humanity"; or, What Every Father, Mother, Boy and Girl Should Know (1915)p. 116
William J. Robinson, Sex Knowledge for Women and Girls (1917)p. 120
Mary Ware Dennett, Birth Control Laws: Shall We Keep Them or Abolish Them? (1926)p. 124
The Rise and Fall of Sexual Liberalism, 1920-1980p. 127
Bernarr Macfadden, "Mad Pleasure," in True Romances (1924)p. 129
Bessie Smith, "Kitchen Man" (1929)p. 131
United States Motion Picture Production Code (1930)p. 133
World War II War Department Pamphlet on Venereal Disease (1940)p. 138
St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton, Black Metropolis: A Study of Negro Life in a Northern City (1945)p. 140
Employment of Homosexuals and Other Sex Perverts (1950)p. 144
Letters to Alfred Kinsey (1953)p. 148
Letter to the Society for Humane Abortion (1966)p. 150
Mattachine Society-Stonewall Rebellion (1969)p. 152
Toni Cade, "The Pill: Genocide or Liberation?" (1969)p. 155
Anne Koedt, "The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm" (1970)p. 157
Barbara Mehrhof and Pamela Kearon, "Rape: An Act of Terror" (1971)p. 166
Transvestite and Transsexual Liberation (1971)p. 172
Beverly Padilla, "Chicanas and Abortion" (1972)p. 174
Alex Comfort, Joy of Sex (1972)p. 176
The Contemporary Era: Continuity, Change, and Conflictp. 181
Melvin Boozer, Address to Democratic National Convention -(1980)p. 183
Larry Kramer, "I Can't Believe You Want to Die" (1987)p. 186
Laura Alexander, "A Change of Heart" (1987)p. 189
Pornography and Civil Rights (1988)p. 191
Carla Trujillo, "Chicana Lesbians: Fear and Loathing in the Chicano Community" (1991)p. 197
"African American Women in Defense of Ourselves" (1991)p. 200
"Date Rape" Rape Zine (1990s)p. 202
Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) (1996)p. 204
Starr Report (1998)p. 206
Lil' Kim, "How Many Licks?" (2000)p. 210
Susan Fitzmaurice, "Adventures in Child-Rearing: The Sexual Life of a Child Growing Up with Down Syndrome" (2002)p. 213
Lawrence v. Texas (2003)p. 216
"Congressional Report on Abstinence-Only Education" (2004)p. 221
Federal Marriage Amendment (2006)p. 224
"Sexual Offenders Team Checks Sex Offenders' Homes" (2007)p. 225
Sources for Documentsp. 227
Selected Bibliographyp. 231
Permission Acknowledgmentsp. 233
Indexp. 235
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