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Citizen Bachelors: Manhood and the Creation of the United States

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In 1755 Benjamin Franklin observed "a man without a wife is but half a man" and since then historians have taken Franklin at his word. In Citizen Bachelors, John Gilbert McCurdy demonstrates that Franklin's comment was only one side of a much larger conversation. Early Americans vigorously debated the status of unmarried men and this debate was instrumental in the creation ...more
Hardcover, 268 pages
Published March 19th 2009 by Cornell University Press
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