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Confederate PhoenixRebel Children and Their Families in South Carolina$
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Edmund L. Drago

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780823229376

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823229376.001.0001

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“Something for the Girls”: Marriage Customs and Girlhood

“Something for the Girls”: Marriage Customs and Girlhood

(p.65) 6 “Something for the Girls”: Marriage Customs and Girlhood
Confederate Phoenix

Edmund L. Drago

Fordham University Press

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.

Keywords:   Something for the Girls, marriage customs, girlhood, Civil War, South Carolina, romantic patriotism, courting, premarital rituals

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