From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-century America Topics for Discussion

Beth L. Bailey
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What was the call system? Why did it collapse?

What were dates originally? What did they symbolize? What social function did they serve?

How did the date system evolve into a system of 'going steady?' Why did this change occur?

Why does the author think that the sexual revolution occurred in response to pressures placed on men and women in the previous generation? What pressures were these? Do you agree with the author? Why or why not?

What motivated the marriage education movement? How were marriage courses structured? Why did the system break down?

How did the date system commodify human relationships?

What is the difference between the dating system prior to 1965 and courtship thereafter? Name two major differences.

Explain the relationship between economic forces and dating rituals.

How did the development of a national youth culture change courtship?

How were women exploited...

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