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Lecture 4 - 03:34 Review U.S.Historyuntil~1900 Coverture...

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03:34 Review  U.S. History until ~1900  Coverture: Ensured female subservience to male power  Legal existence of a woman under her husbands control in their marriage  Upon marriage, a woman’s property became her husband’s property  Cant own property, can’t sign legal documents  Most attacks on coverture came from Women’s movement   passed some property  laws but women still couldn’t vote until 1920 (finally universal suffrage)  Industrial revolution 1. Transition from family mode of production to labor market mode of production implications that came with shift 2. Increased liberties for young people   earlier independence from family of origin  Victorian era, separation of spheres (cultural development)  Outgrowth of move to the labor market mode of production  Labor production is outside of the home   inside the home = woman’s sphere  Men’s life – outside the home  Woman’s life –  confined  to the home – doctrine of “Moral Motherhood”  Children in the labor force  Overview U.S. History: 20th Century
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The first few decades Postwar demographic trends 1910-1935 Decline of Victorian ideal 1.Statisitcs:  1. Drop in birthrate   greater privacy  2. Increase in divorce rate   moral panic  divorce became more visible because people were under less pressure to hide it  divorce became more acceptable  3. Increase in marriage rate  2. First sexual revolution ~ 1920  Meant that young people started to be more open  about having sex before marriage  Women became more assertive – changed conception of sexuality from being  courted/passive and developed a sexuality of their own Women dressed differently 
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