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    Studies in Scarlet: Marriage & Sexuality in the U.S. and U.K., 1815-1914

    Key Facts About This Resource

    Fields Class, Crime and Punishment, Gender and Sexuality, Legal
    Geographic Focus United States, Great Britain and Ireland
    Chronology 1800s, 1900s
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    Studies in Scarlet provides images of over 420 separately published trial narratives from the Harvard Law School Library's extensive collections. The collection provides a number of celebrity cases from Oscar Wilde's sodomy trial to the Queen Caroline Divorce Case. However, perhaps more importantly are the trial transcripts of everyday citizens. This collection provides American, British, and Irish trial transcripts from 1815 to 1914 involving bigamy, domestic violence, seduction, breach of promise, children's custody, alongside rape and murder trials. This provides an extraordinary resource for social and cultural historians, particularly those interested in women's history of the history of gender/sexuality. 


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    • The search function is somewhat limited, but I find the browse by topic option really useful. 
    • I really like the fact that you can request to save a document to PDF. If the document is more than ten pages, the site will email you a PDF. 
    • This website is particularly suited to having undergraduates do primary source research projects. 

    About Jonathan

    I am currently an Adjunct Professor of History at Lynchburg College in Virginia. I received my PhD in Modern British History from Florida State University in 2016. My research explores the way in which competing definitions of masculinity influenced army reform in the mid-nineteenth century. Civilians called for moral reforms; however, they were constantly hampered by politician and military officials' financial concerns. This work offers a number of interventions in the current historiography by exploring issues of corporal punishment, soldiers' sexuality, military suicide, and soldiers' families. 

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