Courtship in america dating in the 20th century
The man has an arrow through his chest, probably representing Cupid’s arrow of love.The man and woman are in a setting that looks deserted as if they have biked to a remote place away from their parents and from other onlookers.
“Gilded Age.” This was an age in which big business prospered and mills were becoming a main employer.The lack of eligible men did force many women into the work force and for some women took away the potential to have the comforts and stability of married life.According to Drew Gilpin Faust in her book , “the carnage of civil war suddenly forced women across the South to contemplate spending…perhaps the whole of their lives outside the protections and intimacies of marriage—to be women without men.”[iv] Thus, the Civil War changed the way women thought about courtship, making the Reconstruction era unique in its concept of forcing women to be more independent of men. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.People in some places of the US lived in “Hoovervilles” where they found what they could (rusted out cars, orange crates, or ragged tents) to live in.[i] I asked my 80 year old grandfather who grew up in a middle-class town in New Jersey what the Great Depression was like.He remembered that hoboes would pass through the town and camp out by the railroad tracks in whatever shelter they could find.