Married Women and Property Law in Victorian Ontario

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University of Toronto Press, 1997 - History - 237 pages
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Until this century, married women had no legal right to hold, use, or dispose of property. Since the ownership of property is a critical measure of social status, the married women's property acts of the nineteenth century were important landmarks in the legal emancipation of women. Reform campaigns represented the first organized attempts by women in Upper Canada to challenge their status in society. Ironically, emancipation was not the first goal of reformers: their demands reflected a concern with protection from economic instability. The laws granting women new rights and privileges were designed to force men to behave more responsibly and to mitigate the worst hardships imposed upon wives by abusive or negligent husbands.

The most detailed and complete account of married women's property law reform yet written for any North American jurisdiction, this fascinating study will be of interest to those in the areas of law, women's studies, and nineteenth-century social history.

 

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Contents

The Status of Wives
14
Alimony
28
Marriage Settlements
53
The Acts of 1872 and 1873
92
Creditors
105
Abuse of Trust
122
Wives and Their Creditors after 1884
148
The Limitations
166
Gold and Colonization
334
The West Enters Confederation
343
THE TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILWAYS
409
MONEY AND BANKING IN CANADIAN
445
Foreword ix
ix
Contributors
xv
Proposing an AntiRacism Framework for Change 3
3
Perspectives on Race and Canadian Society
15

Notes
185
Bibliography
223
Index
233
THE EUROPEAN BACKGROUND 3
3
MARITIME
23
16501713 50
50
17131776 114
114
THE CONTINENTAL FUR TRADE AND WESTWARD
163
THE TIMBER TRADE 187
187
17831821 206
206
18151867 227
227
The Lachine Canal
263
Canadas Stake in the St Lawrence Canals
270
TRADE POLICY
272
Crops and Farming Methods
278
The Tariff as a Source of Revenue
286
THE COMING OF THE RAILWAY
293
THE CONTINENTAL HINTERLAND AND
320
Disturbing the Silence Reflections on Racism
36
Reflections on Racism 47
47
The Two Faces
76
Racism in Canadian Immigration Policy 93
93
Race Racism and the Justice System 104
104
Realities Remedies
120
Racism and the Issue of Voice 134
134
The Impact of Racism on the Education
140
AntiRacism and the HumanService Delivery System 152
152
A Fundamental Component
171
Equitable Access Is a Right Not a Privilege 185
185
Organizations in Transition
196
Towards an Equitable Efficient and Effective
209
A Legal Remedy 222
222
A Quick Primer
231
On the Need for Change 244
244
Bibliography 253
253
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About the author (1997)

LORI CHAMBERS is an associate professor in the Department of Women's Studies at Lakehead University.

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