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Examining prescriptive literature gives plenty of insight as to how Americans hungered for ‘scientific’ knowledge about marital harmony and etiquette about gender roles but it does not tell us how they applied these rules to their lives and experiences. In addition to journal articles, the author supports her writing with quotations from twentieth-century etiquette manuals, advice books for youth, and magazines.

Amanda rated it really liked it Aug 30, As a young person of the 21th century, I was also amused imagining that my own grandchildren will perhaps study the way our generation deals with this issue. An engaging read for students of modern history or anyone interested in the historical basis for American dating, marriage, and family practices in the twentieth century.

This system tended to put enormous pressure on women to maintain their ‘womanly virtue. Chapter 6, Scientific Truth Graphs would have been better than the tables.

Not sure if that makes sense, I’m better at reading words than writing them. Nov 02, Teresa Marie rated it really liked it. Sep 27, Shelley rated it it was ok Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Early marriage was accompanied with early dating so that people could get married early and parents played a great part in the process, they supported the new courtship patterns so that they had more control over their children.


“From Front Porch to Back Seat. Courtship in Twentieth Century

Women were also associated to cars: Sign in with Facebook Sign in options. In the space of about three-quarters of a kn, courtship in the United States went through at least three different large-scale changes. Early marriage also permitted young people to have sexual intercourse without having to face the code of sexual morality.

Oct 09, Stephanie Tenney added it. The rise of national youth culture changed everything. As an article published in stated: It examines the origins of dating–how the system came to be and what it replaced.

“From Front Porch to Back Seat. Courtship in Twentieth Century

Whether or not we’ve come a long way since then, this engaging study of courtship shows that at least half the fun is in reading about getting there. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. From Front Porch fronh Back Seat: I want to have my mom read it and get her take on it too. Jul 09, Kaethe rated it really liked it. Mar 08, Maddison rated it really liked it.

The system of dating arose in response to the development of a national youth culture due to World War I and a growing public school system. The call system connected men and women by having ‘gentlemen-callers’ visit twentueth-century home by the permission of the woman’s family or the woman herself. A very interesting “academic” book.

Open Preview See a Problem? The pressure, in the author’s view, eventually became too intense and broke down in the not-out-of-the-blue sexual revolution that started in the mids. Chapter 5, The Etiquette of Masculinity and Femininity. The power of the family declined and women left home for work; as a result, local youth cultures started earlier on campus.

Fascinating account of the evolution of dating in America, roughly from towith an emphasis on its economic aspects and how those play out socially.


It’s interesting to see how much courting has changed, and also to see that the conventions touted now as the good old-fashioned way really aren’t all that old. It began first as a response of lower-class women to their financial inability to engage in the call system. The system came to be dominated by money, which the author laments because she sees it as commodifying human relationships.

Besides, American women had now to compete with stranger rivals: Jan 19, Mary-Michelle Moore rated it liked it. There was confusion in the balance of power during the twenty years about to calling and dating coexisted: The author always relies on primary sources: Mar 21, Hillbillie rated it liked it Shelves: The sexist advertisements featured in the book are worth buying even if you don’t get around to reading it. Studies are cited ad nauseum.

Surprised the book didn’t consider the Cold War context in shaping courtship norms. Apr 17, Shawn Thrasher rated it did not like it. Courtship in Twentieth-century America from Amazon.

And I was completely wrong On the whole I liked the way the author never sticks to the facts; she always goes beyond simple facts to search for an explanation. Jul 30, Stacy rated it really liked it. She acknowledges that love and convention are somehow linked but her work is to study public conventions. So, while Front Porch shows an interesting and dynamic period in some depth, it is only useful to the reader on that limited basis.

She admits that she sets a great number of people aside the ones that did not belong to the middle class: I looked at the footnotes as I read.