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Brabbling Women Brabbling Women Disorderly Speech and the Law in Early Virginia TERRI L. SNYDER CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS Ithaca etJ London Copyright © 2003 by Cornell University All rights reserved. Except for brief quotations in a review, this book, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publisher. For information, address Cornell University Press, Sage House, 512 East State Street, Ithaca, New York 14850. First published 2003 by Cornell University Press First printing, Cornell Paperbacks, 2013 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Snyder, Terri L., 1956– Brabbling women : disorderly speech and the law in early Virginia / Terri L. Snyder. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-0-8014-4052-6 (cloth : alk. paper) ISBN 978-0-8014-7905-2 (paper : alk. paper) 1. Women—Virginia—History—18th century. 2. Women— Legal status, laws, etc.—Virginia—History. 3. Sex customs— Virginia—History—18th century. I. Title. HQ1438.V5 S68 2003 305.4'09755—dc21 2002151615 Cornell University Press strives to use environmentally responsible suppliers and materials to the fullest extent possible in the publishing of its books. Such materials include vegetable-based, low-VOC inks and acid-free papers that are recycled, totally chlorine-free, or partly composed of nonwood fibers. For further information, visit our website at Cloth printing 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Paperback printing 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Parts of chapter 2 appeared in Sexual Coercion in Early America, edited by Merril Smith (New York: New York University Press, 2001). Reprinted by permission of New York University Press. Excerpts of chapters 4 and 5 appeared in Over the Threshold: Intimate Violence in Early America, edited by Christine Daniels and Michael V. Kennedy (New York: Routledge, 1999). Reprinted by permission of Routledge. For my parents ...


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