Charity and Sylvia

Charity and Sylvia

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Explores the lives of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake, two ordinary middle-class women who serve as a window on historical constructs of marriage, gender, and sexuality in late 18th-century and early 19th-century America. Both were born in Massachusetts, but in different towns, 11 years apart. Charity's attachment to women was so blatant that after she turned 20, her father told her to leave the house. She worked as a schoolteacher, but was forced to leave jobs several times because of hurtful gossip about her relationships with other women. In early 1807, Charity moved to Vermont to stay with a friend, and there she met Sylvia. The two fell in love, set up housekeeping, and considered themselves married. Gradually, their family members and the residents of Weybridge did as well. Charity and Sylvia became integral to the community, attending church, running their tailor shop, and contributing to charitable endeavors. Most of all, Charity and Sylvia remained passionately committed to each other and refused to hide their relationship. An important work of history that resonates with one of today's most public debates.To be a widow might be the a€œmost Forlorn and Dismal of all states, a€ as Abigail Adams put it, but that very extremity made the ... The theme of the acrostic, the womena#39;s inevitable separation through death, suggests that the W stood for widow.


Title:Charity and Sylvia
Author: Rachel Hope Cleves
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2014
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