Making Marriage Work: A History of Marriage and Divorce in the Twentieth-Century United States / Edition 1

Making Marriage Work: A History of Marriage and Divorce in the Twentieth-Century United States / Edition 1

by Kristin Celello
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807872210

ISBN-13: 9780807872215

Pub. Date: 02/01/2012

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

By the end of World War I, the skyrocketing divorce rate in the United States had generated a deep-seated anxiety about marriage. This fear drove middle-class couples to seek advice, both professional and popular, in order to strengthen their relationships. In Making Marriage Work, historian Kristin Celello offers an insightful and wide-ranging account of

Overview

By the end of World War I, the skyrocketing divorce rate in the United States had generated a deep-seated anxiety about marriage. This fear drove middle-class couples to seek advice, both professional and popular, in order to strengthen their relationships. In Making Marriage Work, historian Kristin Celello offers an insightful and wide-ranging account of marriage and divorce in America in the twentieth century, focusing on the development of the idea of marriage as "work." Throughout, Celello illuminates the interaction of marriage and divorce over the century and reveals how the idea that marriage requires work became part of Americans' collective consciousness.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807872215
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Edition description:
1
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Making Marriage Work
1. The Chaos of Modern Marriage: Experts, Divorce, and the Origins of Marital Work, 1900-1940
2. Can War Marriages Be Made to Work? Keeping Women on the Marital Job in War and Peace
3. They Learned to Love Again: Marriage Saving in the 1950s
4. Radical Feminists, Liberated Housewives, and Total Women: Searching for the Future of Marriage, 1963-1980
5. Super Marital Sex and the Second Shift: New Work for Wives in the 1980s and 1990s
Epilogue: Still Working
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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