318 � JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Summer 2015) the Age of Revolution, and is currently writing a federal study of land tenants during the American Revolution. Regulating Passion: Sexuality and Patriarchal Rule in Massachu- setts 1700–1830. By Kelly A. Ryan. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. Pp. 288. Cloth, $55.00.) Reviewed by Kara M. French In Regulating Passion, Kelly A. Ryan has expertly crafted a history of eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Massachusetts that is fully intersectional in its understanding of how hierarchies of gender, race, class, and age created an enduring system of white male dominance. Her work deftly builds upon the arguments made by women of color femi- nists such as Kimberle ´ Williams Crenshaw, who have long championed that identity and oppression are intersectional, and reinforces the idea that gender as a category of analysis cannot be understood in isolation. Ryan argues that sexuality and patriarchy are inextricably linked because ‘‘Governmental, social, and private authority over Indians and African Americans derived from the power that fathers and husbands had over wives and children’’ (59). Regulating Passion also demonstrates that patriarchal control was not a casualty of the War of Independence. Rather it transformed and evolved, the
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