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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
women's Rights

women's Rights  

The American women's rights movement is usually dated from the convention held in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848 to discuss the “Social, Civil, and Religious Condition of Woman.” This ...

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