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The great divorce: a nineteenth-century mother's extraordinary fight against her husband, the Shakers, and her times

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Ilyon Woo’s The Great Divorce is the dramatic, richly textured story of one of nineteenth-century America’s most infamous divorce cases, in which a young mother single-handedly challenged her country’s notions of women’s rights, family, and marriage itself.In 1814, Eunice Chapman came home to discover that her three children had been carried off by her estranged husband. He had taken them, she learned, to live among a celibate, religious people known as the Shakers. Defying all expectations, this famously petite and lovely woman mounted an an epic campaign against her husband, the Shakers, and the law. In its confrontation of some of the nation’s most fundamental debatesreligious freedom, feminine virtue, the sanctity of marriageher case struck a nerve with an uncertain new republic. And its culminationin a stunning legislative decision and a terrifying mob attack sent shockwaves through the Shaker community and the nation beyond.With a novelist’s eye and a historian’s perspective, Woo delivers the first full account of Eunice Chapman’s remarkable struggle. A moving story about the power of a mother’s love,The Great Divorce is also a memorable portrait of a rousing challenge to the values of a young nation.
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subject_facet Custody of children -- New York (State), Divorce -- New York (State), Marriage law -- New York (State), Parental kidnapping -- New York (State) -- Case studies, Women -- United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century, Women's rights -- New York (State) -- History -- 19th century
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