“Something for the Girls”: Marriage Customs and Girlhood

Edmund L. Drago

in Confederate Phoenix

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780823229376
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823234912 | DOI:

Series: Reconstructing America

“Something for the Girls”: Marriage Customs and Girlhood

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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

Chapter.  4716 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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