Taming Lust

This fascinating history examines the circumstances of two elderly New Englanders who were prosecuted and sentenced to death for bestiality at the turn of the eighteenth century. Their astonishing cases become a springboard to examine the Enlightenment Era political and religious turmoil of the region.

Taming Lust
Crimes Against Nature in the Early Republic

Doron S. Ben-Atar and Richard D. Brown

2014 | 216 pages | Cloth $34.95
American History
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Crimes Against Nature
Chapter 1. The Sisyphean Battle Against Bestiality
Chapter 2. The Unlikely Prosecutions of John Farrell and Gideon Washburn
Chapter 3. Sexual Crisis in the Age of Revolution
Chapter 4. Fearful Rulers in Anxious Times
Chapter 5. Puritan Twilight in the New England Republics

Notes
Index
Acknowledgments