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From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-Century America Paperback – Illustrated, August 1, 1989

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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.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As entertaining as it is informative. Bailey documents sources from Margaret Mead to advertising's hokey hype in her comprehensive analysis of the rituals of American
amore, exploring the themes of 'control, competition, consumption, the sexual economy, etiquette and gender.'.
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A fascinating study of an important part of our recent past.
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'One day, the 1920s story goes, a young man asked a city girl if he might call on her. We know nothing else about the man or the girl--only that, when he arrived, she had her hat on. Not much of a story to us, but any American born before 1910 would have gotten the punch line. 'She had her hat on': those five words were rich in meaning to early twentieth-century Americans. The hat signaled that she expected to leave the house. He came on a 'call, ' expecting to be received in her family's parlor, to talk, to meet her mother, perhaps to have some refreshments or to listen to her play the piano. She expected a 'date, ' to be taken 'out' somewhere and entertained. He ended up spending four weeks' savings fulfilling her expectations.'--from From Front Porch to Back Seat
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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0801839351
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Johns Hopkins University Press; Illustrated edition (August 1, 1989)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 208 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780801839351
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0801839351
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.88 x 0.47 x 9 inches
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