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“Strike Me If You Dare”

“Strike Me If You Dare”

Abused Women of New Orleans and the Right to Be Free from Violence

Chapter:
(p.63) Chapter Three “Strike Me If You Dare”
Source:
Intimate Partner Violence in New Orleans
Author(s):
Ashley Baggett
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496815217.003.0004

After the Civil War, gender and racial expectations remained fluid. The antebellum social hierarchy could not be completely resurrected and the postbellum society could only function with some sort of reciprocity. These expectations changed on every level- from courtship to common law marriage to legal marriage. Women of New Orleans demanded the right to be free from violence.

Keywords:   Gender norms, Race, Postbellum, Marriage, New Orleans

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