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Matrimony, Inc. : from personal ads to swiping right, a story of America looking for love

Author: Fran Beauman
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2020. ©2020
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Pegasus Books editionView all editions and formats
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"Have you ever used a dating app or website? Then you have more in common than you know with lonely homesteaders in 18th century New England. At once heartwarming and heartbreaking, Matrimony, Inc. reveals the unifying thread that weaves its way through not just marriage and relationships over the centuries, but American social history itself: advertising for love." -- Inside front jacket flap.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fran Beauman
ISBN: 9781643135786 1643135783
OCLC Number: 1143650024
Description: x, 196 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: "Any young lady" : Boston, c. 1720-1760 --
"Under 40, not deformed" : New York, c. 1770-1810 --
"Tired of the everlasting sameness of a bachelor's life" : men on the east coast, c. 1840-1860 --
"Someone to share my sweets or my bitters, whichever our lot may be" : women on the east coast, c. 1840-1860 --
"His drooping spirits" : The Civil War, 1861-1865 --
"All they require is teeth" : the frontier, c. 1850-1880 --
"A love of a mustache" : New York City, c. 1840-1880 --
"Object : fun and perhaps matrimony" : Chicago, c. 1865-1900 --
"A discreet young lady" : a turn-of-the-century crime wave, c. 1900 --
"No old maids or fast widows" : the western frontier, c. 1900 --
"Triflers need not apply" : Indiana, 1908 --
Looking for love in modern America, c. 1908-2020.
Responsibility: Francesca Beauman.

Abstract:

"Have you ever used a dating app or website? Then you have more in common than you know with lonely homesteaders in 18th century New England. At once heartwarming and heartbreaking, Matrimony, Inc. reveals the unifying thread that weaves its way through not just marriage and relationships over the centuries, but American social history itself: advertising for love." -- Inside front jacket flap.

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