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birth

birth  

Syn: parturition. Delivery of an infant capable of independent existence, an event that occurs naturally when the cervix is fully dilated, at which stage the uterine, abdominal, and pelvic muscles ...
childhood

childhood  

A variable social construction, the concept of childhood barely existed in early America. In fact, this special period of growth and development experienced before accepting adult responsibilities ...
Courtship and Dating.

Courtship and Dating.  

Colonial Americans generally cared more about the suitability of their marriage partners than about love, which they expected to develop after marriage. As a result, couples courted publicly and ...
demography

demography  

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The statistical study of human populations, including size, structure, and changes.
dowry

dowry  

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Property that a wife gave to her husband on the day of their marriage; also known as ‘a marriage portion’.
Etiquette

Etiquette  

Correct behaviour, good manners; Heb. derekh eretz, ‘the Way of the Earth’, that is, how people on earth ought to conduct themselves. The term ‘the Way of the Earth’ suggests that the rules of ...
family

family  

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Family bible a bible designed to be used at family prayers, typically one with space on its flyleaves for recording important family events.the family that prays together, stays together motto ...
freedmen

freedmen  

 Emancipated slaves were more prominent in Roman society than in Greek city‐states or Hellenistic kingdoms (see slavery). Lat. lībertus/a designates the ex‐slave in relation to former owner ...
Gender Roles

Gender Roles  

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A set of behaviour patterns, attitudes, and personality characteristics stereotypically perceived as masculine or feminine within a culture. See also gender (1).
illegitimacy

illegitimacy  

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The status of a child born out of wedlock, formerly a stigmatizing condition but in most modern societies a status that is tolerated and socially accepted.
incest

incest  

Prohibited sexual intercourse between close relatives. See also incest taboo, genetic sexual attraction. [From Latin incestus incest, from in- not+castus chaste or pure]
law

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N.1 The enforceable body of rules that govern any society. See also common law; natural law.2 One of the rules making up the body of law, such as an Act of Parliament.
Life Stages.

Life Stages.  

Research on the historical meaning and importance of different life stages is relatively recent, A growing interest in family history from the early 1960s on resulted in studies of the ...
Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead  

(1901–1978)US anthropologist noted for her studies of preliterate societies and her work on the role of culture in character development.Mead studied psychology at Barnard College, where she ...
Marianismo

Marianismo  

Viewed by some as the feminine companion to machismo, which is a distinctive form and practice of masculinity evident in Latino communities and derived from Spanish, Arabic, and Roman roots ...
mixed marriage

mixed marriage  

A marriage between Christians of different denominations or of a Christian and an unbaptized person. The term is used especially when one of the parties is a RC; such marriages still require the ...
sexual morality

sexual morality  

Principles of right conduct in matters of sex, or their observance. Two questions arise: What sexual acts are morally permissible? With whom are they permissible?The view that some kinds ...
sexuality

sexuality  

Both Greeks and Romans divided sexual behaviour into active/passive as well as (some say, ‘but not’) homosexual/heterosexual. The normative role for adult males was penetrative (‘active’); penetrated ...
Twenties, The.

Twenties, The.  

The twenties have spawned an image of bathtub gin, speakeasies, flappers, and decadence: in short, The Jazz Age. This superficial vision masks a far more complex history. In this period ...
Women in the Labor Force

Women in the Labor Force  

The history of women in the American labor force has been shaped by diverse cultural, legal, demographic, and ethno-racial influences. Like men, women in preindustrial America contributed to their ...

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