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Unformatted text preview: dated only for a few months before marrying. It wasn't considered right to wait for a long time unless the man had to complete university or a military obligation otherwise, well, the longer a couple waited, the more likely they were to get impatient and start precipitating the situations mentioned below. A number of women ended up pregnant before their wedding day or out-of-wedlock entirely largely because they didn't have very good contraception. The father in any instance could make an 'honest woman' of the girl if he loved her and/or thought it was the right thing to do (and many did), but there really wasn't a lot of pressure on him to do so from society at large because pregnancy out of wedlock was largely seen as the woman's fault. The supposition was often that the woman deliberately became pregnant to "trap" an unwilling man into marriage against his will, and it was a lucky man who could avoid this by leaving town....
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course AMH AMH2010 taught by Professor Pietrzak during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.
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