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Female Husbands

Female Husbands
A Trans History


  • Author: Jen Manion, Amherst College, Massachusetts
  • Publication planned for: April 2020
  • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108483803

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  • Long before people identified as transgender or lesbian, there were female husbands and the women who loved them. Female husbands - people assigned female who transed gender, lived as men, and married women - were true queer pioneers. Moving deftly from the colonial era to just before the First World War, Jen Manion uncovers the riveting and very personal stories of ordinary people who lived as men despite tremendous risk, danger, violence, and threat of punishment. Female Husbands weaves the story of their lives in relation to broader social, economic, and political developments in the United States and the United Kingdom while also exploring how attitudes towards female husbands shifted in relation to transformations in gender politics and women's rights, ultimately leading to the demise of the category of 'female husband' in the early twentieth century. Groundbreaking and influential, Female Husbands offers a dynamic, varied, and complex history of the LGBTQ past.

    • Charts the rise and fall of female husbands from the 1740s to the 1910s in a clear and accessible way
    • Reveals key turning points in the history of gender and sexuality in the United States and United Kingdom
    • Draws on a diverse source base that includes all references to female husbands in US and British print culture
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: April 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108483803
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from April 2020
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: extraordinary lives
    Part I. UK Husbands, 1740–1840:
    1. The first female husband
    2. The pillar of the community
    3. The sailors and soldiers
    4. The wives
    Part II. US Husbands,1830–1910:
    5. The workers
    6. The activists
    7. The criminalized poor
    8. The end of a category
    Conclusion: sex trumps gender
    Epilogue: the first female-to-male transsexual.

  • Author

    Jen Manion, Amherst College, Massachusetts
    Jen Manion is Associate Professor of History at Amherst College, the author of Liberty's Prisoners: Carceral Culture in Early America (2015), and a lifelong LGBTQ rights advocate.

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