Merril D. Smith is the editor of Sex and Sexuality in Early America and Breaking the Bonds: Marital Discord in Pennsylvania, 1730-1830. She lives in National Park, New Jersey.
"Needed historical perspective ... thorough documentation ... excellent." -- Library Journal "The book provides some very interesting examples of early legal standards for prosecuting rape charges and charges of child sexual abuse in the United States." -- Archives of Sexual Behavior "Merril Smith's edited volume provides numerous articles that will be of great worth to the historical and feminist communities. The range or articles in this volume goes beyond the usual "hotspots" while still allowing for important comparisons." --Journal of Social History