<h2><center><span style="color:#866F45;">A Treatise on the Legal and Equitable Rights of Married Women</span></center></h2>


<p><center>Cord, William H. <em>A Treatise on the Legal and Equitable Rights of Married Women: As Well in Respect to their Property and Persons as to their Children</em>. Philadelphia: Kay and Brother, 1885.</center></p>

<p> These books were written at a time when legislation and litigation were both tools used in an attempt to abolish the legal doctrine of coverture. Coverture was the legal principle that a married woman's rights and obligations were subordinate to those of her husband, and her husband then owned all her property and made her contracts. To combat this idea, many states passed Married Women's Property Acts. This treatise focuses on those acts and similar cases that occurred alongside this change in the law.</p>

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