Marriage, for Better or for Worse

Brenda E. Stevenson

in Life in Black and White

Published in print November 1997 | ISBN: 9780195118032
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853793 | DOI:
Marriage, for Better or for Worse

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This chapter begins with a description of the varying wedding practices among Loudoun's diverse community members—from the simple and frugal affair of the poorer folk to the elaborate and extended parties of the affluent. Life after marriage is also described which, barring differences due to wealth, shows a common trend of familial and even community support for the newlyweds through advice, emotional support, and financial assistance. The often harsh realities of married life in the pre-Civil war South cut across financial and social boundaries though the responsibilities and pressures differed for the wife and the husband. The females had to contend with childbearing and rearing, rigorous domestic duties, and the often unreasonable expectations of a male dominated society. The males, on the other hand, had to deal with the pressures of financial responsibility and maintaining their “face” and status in the community.

Keywords: marriage; pre-Civil war; South; wedding; wife; husband; Loudoun

Chapter.  16338 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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