They knew what was "normal." Prior to the 20th century, "normal" was determined within families and local communities, but now a "higher authority," with wide-spread circulation and readership, began to form a national consciousness. With the onset of the sexual revolution the question arose, "Why would a man court and woo a woman when he could gain a chief benefit of marriage, namely sexual gratification, for free with no commitment?" (Friendship "with benefits" is a contemporary example.) Closely related to this is the invention of birth control.No matter what ethnic groups are involved, one major result of these marriages are children. The Devil and the One Drop Rule: Racial Categories, African Americans, and the U. The science is based on the proposition that most human ills are hereditary and that the human race can be perfected by encouraging the mating of healthy productive stock and discouraging the reproduction among the less fit.13 Thus, bans on interracial marriages were supported by science and non-science means.After reviewing this material and reading the associated articles, the reader should have a strong understanding of the issues surrounding children of interracial marriages, and the problems parents encounter with their mixed race children. This author goes back in history and talks about the past views of interracial marriages and the justifications for its criminal penalties. In this article, Peter Wallenstein goes into great detail of the evolution of interracial marriages in Alabama and Virginia.In so doing, the Supreme Court invalidated similar laws in fifteen States. The author states that the freedom to marry has long been recognized as one of the vital personal rights essential to the orderly pursuit of happiness by freemen.Thus, as of June 12, 1967, interracial marriages were no loner illegal in any State. Historically, however the freedom of marriage was not always granted between races.One of the most obvious changes was that it multiplied the number of partners (from serious to casual) an individual was likely to have before marriage.
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Fourthly, we find a change in the models and metaphors used to describe the home and family.
Prior to the 20th century, when we talked about courtship we used language and metaphors of home and family: system of courtship that played itself out in the entertainment culture and public square largely was understood and described by the advice and "expert" class with metaphors taken from modern industrial capitalism.
Bailey observes that by the 1930s and '40s, with the advent of the "date" (which we will look at more fully in the next installment) courtship increasingly took place in public spaces such as movie theaters and dance halls, removed by distance and by anonymity from the sheltering and controlling contexts of the home and local community.
Keeping company in the family parlor was replaced by dining and dancing, movies, and "parking." A second cultural force that influenced the older courtship system was the rise of "public advice" literature as well as the rise of an "expert" class of advisers — psychologists, sociologists, statisticians, etc.