In retrospect, it seems a logical development that married women in the United States should have acquired substantial legal equality with men. The conditions of pioneer life, the relatively high sentimental value placed upon women, the increasing degree of social and domestic freedom which American women enjoyed-all were incompatible with the strict theories of the common law which placed a married woman and her property under the absolute control of her husband.
Elizabeth G. Brown,
HUSBAND AND WIFE--MEMORANDUM ON THE MISSISSIPPI WOMAN'S LAW OF 1839,
Mich. L. Rev.
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