A Comparison of the Status of Widows in Eighteenth-Century England and Colonial America.

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This thesis compares the status of upper-class widows in England to Colonial America. The common law traditions in England established dower, which was also used in the American colonies. Dower guaranteed widows the right to one-third of the land and property of her husband. Jointure was instituted in England in 1536 and enabled men to bypass dower and settle a yearly sum on a widow. The creation of jointure was able to proliferate in England due to the cash-centered economy, but jointure never manifested itself in Colonial America because of the land centered economy. These two types of inheritance form ... continued below

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Jones, Sarah E. May 2004.

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This thesis compares the status of upper-class widows in England to Colonial America. The common law traditions in England established dower, which was also used in the American colonies. Dower guaranteed widows the right to one-third of the land and property of her husband. Jointure was instituted in England in 1536 and enabled men to bypass dower and settle a yearly sum on a widow. The creation of jointure was able to proliferate in England due to the cash-centered economy, but jointure never manifested itself in Colonial America because of the land centered economy. These two types of inheritance form the background for the argument that upper-class women in Colonial America had more legal and economical freedoms than their brethren in England.

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Jones, Sarah E. A Comparison of the Status of Widows in Eighteenth-Century England and Colonial America., thesis, May 2004; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc4507/: accessed September 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .