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A brief history of courtship and dating in america

In fact, before about 1200 courting didn’t exist at all!

In ancient times, many women found themselves married to their husbands because they were captured by them.

This was about the same time as the King James Version of the Bible was translated with its risqué, romantic Song of Solomon.

Romantic love finally became viewed as the primary requirement for marriage during the Victorian Era.

All of this took place under the watchful eyes of parents. With the advent of the birth control pill and feminist freedom, the old dating rules no longer applied.

These marriages were seemingly viewed as ‘business relationships’ and were based on a desire or need for money, property or political alliances.

The parents handled everything and love was not a prerequisite of these marriages.

Men would meet their brides at port and become engaged, if not married, right then.

Similar practices were going on in the United States.

After the introductions, if a gentleman wished to visit with a lady, he would present his card to her.

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From Front Porch to Back Seat A History of the Date. Authors Beth Bailey. Source Magazine of History, Vol. 18, No. 4, Sex, Courtship, and Dating Jul. 2004, pp. 23-26. Published by Organization of American Historians. Stable URL Accessed 17/04/2010. Your use of the. 
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The revolution was a struggle for power, freedom, equality, and autonomy, but the gains in freedom undermined the old rules; that is, courtship, and dating within it, began to lose coherence as the what, why, and even how. rothman, e. k. 1984. hands and hearts a history ofcourtship in america. new york basic books. 
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