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date: 22 January 2022

Marriage and Divorce. 

The Oxford Companion to United States History
Sally G. McMillenSally G. McMillen

Historically the preferred form of legal cohabitation, marriage is widely thought to promote social stability and individual well-being, and to be the most desirable means to procreate and raise children. When, who, and how one marries and what constraints affect those choices have varied over time by social, legal, cultural, and economic circumstances. Anglo-American attitudes traditionally embraced the inviolability of marriage and ... ...

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