1800 - Wife Beating Accepted

Prior to the mid-1800s, most legal systems implicitly accepted wife beating as a valid exercise of a husband’s authority over his wife. One exception, however, was the 1641 Body of Liberties of the Massachusetts Bay colonists, which declared that a married woman should be “free from bodilie correction or stripes by her husband.” (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_violence_in_the_United_States#History)