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Inside the Castle: Law and the Family in 20th Century America

Joanna L. Grossman and Lawrence M. Friedman


This book is a comprehensive social history of twentieth-century family law in the United States. The book shows how vast, oceanic changes in society have reshaped and reconstituted the American family. Women and children have gained rights and powers, and novel forms of family life have emerged. The family has more or less dissolved into a collection of independent individuals with their own wants, desires, and goals. Modern family law, as always, reflects the brute social and cultural facts of family life. The story of family law in the twentieth century is complex. This was the century that ... More

Keywords: family law, American family, family life, sexual revolution, women's liberation, gay rights, cohabitation, gay marriage, no-fault divorce, illegitimacy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780691149820
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691149820.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna L. Grossman, author
Hofstra University

Lawrence M. Friedman, author
Stanford University