“Something for the Girls”: Marriage Customs and Girlhood
This chapter discusses the after-effects of Civil War on marriage customs and girlhood in South Carolina. It cites the reprint of Enquirer's “Something for the Girls,” as it warns girls to put a high price on themselves when choosing a husband. Difficult as always, the war made it harder for parents and educators to monitor the young, who were smitten with romantic patriotism. Younger girls were participating too early in courting and other premarital rituals.
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