From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-century America Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

Beth L. Bailey
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Essay Topic 1

Describe and discuss the principle demographics studied in the book. Why does author Bailey choose to focus on the mainstream, middle-class youth? What does she assert can be assessed by examining the mainstream? What groups are left out in the book and why?

Essay Topic 2

Describe and analyze the courtship system of “calling.” When did this system originate? How did it evolve over time? What differences existed between the American system of calling and the systems in Europe?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution on courtship in America and in Europe. Where did the Industrial Revolution spread after originating in England? What new demographic resulted from the Industrial Revolution? How did the emerging middle class impact the culture of wooing?

Essay Topic 4

Discuss the etiquette, traditions, and culture of the female American college student in the early twentieth century. How many women went...

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