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date: 02 April 2020

Courtship and Dating. 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to United States History
Author(s):
Christopher W. WellsChristopher W. Wells

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 received aid and advice from families and neighbors. Premarital pregnancy rates were low during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, and premarital sexual relations, even if pregnancy did not result, produced strong social and even legal pressures for marriage. Toward the end of the ... ...

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