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Intimate Partner Violence in New OrleansGender, Race, and Reform, 1840-1900$
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Ashley Baggett

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781496815217

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496815217.001.0001

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Gender and Intimate Partner Violence in the Early 1900s

Gender and Intimate Partner Violence in the Early 1900s

(p.135) Epilogue Gender and Intimate Partner Violence in the Early 1900s
Intimate Partner Violence in New Orleans

Ashley Baggett

University Press of Mississippi

After the South reversed intimate partner violence reform, the North did too. Progressivism emphasized reliance on experts, and science grew as a field during the early twentieth century. Biologists warned against women’s growing rights, claiming family and the entire nation would suffer as a consequence. The field of psychology and social work also grew during the period. Social workers pushed for the creation of family courts, in which decisions of intimate partner violence would be decided. These new professions upheld conservative definitions of womanhood and pushed to uphold the family whatever the cost. This process effectively decriminalized abuse

Keywords:   Progressivism, Reform, Women’s rights, Social workers, Abuse

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