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Great Expectations: Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America
     

Great Expectations: Marriage and Divorce in Post-Victorian America

by Elaine Tyler May
 

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226511665
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
02/28/1983
Pages:
200

Meet the Author

Elaine Tyler May is a social historian at the University of Minnesota where she is professor of American studies.

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