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Day 9 - Lecture - Sex and Marriage History 156: History of...

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Sex and Marriage History 156: History of the United Sates to 1865 1. Sex and the City 2. Wayward Wives 3. Not all Wives Sex and Marriage 1. Sex and the City How can we find out what people back then thought about marriage? Personal diaries Sermons upon the subject of marriage Marriage vows Is divorce legal? Which can clue us in on what improper marriage is. Marriage rates – re-marriage rates Fiction, weather it is short stories, poetry, novels Pamphlets Newspapers Cartoons Almanacs – most people have read and agreed with. Almanacs were popular yearly compendia that contained astrological predictions, down- home advice and proverbs. “Nick slighted Women, Marriage he decry’d’ To which his Friend Tom waggishly reply’d, In Marriage are two happy Days allowd, A wife in Wedding-Sheets and in a Shrowd, How can the marriage State then be accurs’d, Since the last Day’s as happy as the First?” - 1729 Almanac Nick says marriage is no good, women are all rubbish Tom says marriage is not all that bad, the first day is good and then the last day is good when she dies. Not all marriages are happy – recognizing unhappiness in marriages is necessary Men and women had casual sex before marriage and during marriage. Many people paid for sex. Prostitution
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This note was uploaded on 01/26/2011 for the course HISTORY 156 taught by Professor Berlin during the Fall '09 term at Maryland.

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