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Great Expectations : Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America - Elaine Tyler May

Great Expectations

Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America

Paperback Published: 1st January 1980
ISBN: 9780226511702
Number Of Pages: 208

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During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the divorce rate in the United States rose by a staggering 2,000 percent. To understand this dramatic rise, Elaine Tyler May studied over one thousand detailed divorce cases. She found that contrary to common assumptions, divorce was not simply a by-product of women's increasing economic and sexual independence, or a rebellion against marriage. Rather, thwarted hopes for fulfillment in the public sphere drove both men and women to wed at a greater rate and to bring higher expectations to their marriages.

Tradition in Transition in the Late Nineteenth Century
Los Angeles and the Victorian Synthesis
Early Divorce in the City of the Angels
The Home: From Sacrifice to Satisfaction
The Path to Modern Marriage
Matrimony Unveiled in the Early Twentieth Century
The Romantic Ideal in Crisis
Sex: Sin or Salvation
Wives at Work
The Pressure to Provide Epilogue: The Pursuit of Happiness
Appendix: Tables
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ISBN: 9780226511702
ISBN-10: 0226511707
Series: Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st January 1980
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.0 x 15.0  x 1.22
Weight (kg): 0.18
Edition Type: New edition