15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
This is a great book!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation (Hardcover)
This book is a clearly-written, informative and provocative history of the institution of marriage. Nancy Cott beautifully traces the development of marriage and the political and legal framework in which it has developed since the founding of the American Republic. Only an expert historian could so concisely explain the complex phenomena undergirding this institution with such grace and ease. A must-read for all those interested in legal, social and women's history in America.