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Head and Master Law (1977)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1977-06-3

Duration: 00:11:07

Subjects: Louisiana Legislative Session, 1977 | Louisiana. Legislature | LEGISLATION | Politics | Marriage | Community property | Head and Master Laws | Women's rights


  • George, Beth Host
  • Casey, Tom Speaker
  • Riley, Janet Speaker
  • Gerard, Richard Speaker
  • Pascal, Robert Speaker


This segment from the June 3, 1977, episode of “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features a “Viewpoint” report on two proposed plans that would repeal the state’s current “Head and Master” law by changing the community property laws related to marriage. The current “Head and Master” law defines the husband as the head and master of a household and, therefore, in control of a couple’s property. Host: Beth George