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Marriage on the BorderLove, Mutuality, and Divorce in the Upper South during the Civil War$
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Allison Dorothy Fredette

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813179155

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813179155.001.0001

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To Form an Enviable Marriage

To Form an Enviable Marriage

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(p.27) 1 To Form an Enviable Marriage
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Marriage on the Border
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Allison Dorothy Fredette

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813179155.003.0002

Before the Civil War, courting couples in Kentucky, western Virginia, and Appalachian Virginia increasingly stated their desire to build marriages based on affection, love, and mutual happiness. They embraced all of these characteristics of marriages, despite the dangerous individualism implied by mutuality in marriage itself. Similarly, this chapter explores the impact of discussions of domesticity on masculinity in the region. Part of a transatlantic shift in masculinity, men in the border South reoriented their focus inward, on the family and the private sphere, embracing a more restrained form of manhood in this era. This chapter also explores how border southerners demanded and received divorces when their partners did not live up to their ideals.

Keywords:   Courtship, Gender Roles, Domesticity, Masculinity, South, Appalachia

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