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Kathryn Vaggalis, Speaker

PhD in American studies at the University of Kansas

Love, Marriage, and Citizenship in the Early 20th Century America

When exactly did the expectations about love and marriage become cemented in American society? The path to marriage wasn’t always romantic dinners, over-the-top proposals, and destination weddings. A great cultural shake-up occurred in the early 20th century when arranged marriages to immigrant “picture brides” became popular. While arranged marriage in America was not uncommon, the conversations that resulted from this practice revealed a societal fascination with love, romance, and race that informed ideas of democratic marriage. This talk looks at the role marriage played during this time as a cultural and legal institution. 

Contact Kathryn directly about speaking at your event:
kvaggalis@gmail.com
(417) 689-2205
Lawrence

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