I am seeking a third panelist and a chair for a session on the shifting legal and cultural definitions of marriage in the United States at the turn of the twentieth century. My paper examines journalists' clashing viewpoints on matrimonial and personal advertisements as a lens into the many questions raised about modernizing marriage practices in the era. A second paper, given by Ryan Anderson, Assistant Professor of History and Coordinator of the American Studies Program at UNC Pembroke, looks at the distinct marital options available to Frank Meriwell, star of the widely circulated youth journal "Tip Top Weekly" (1896-1912). Meriwell's decade-long choice between a Victorian Lady, a New Woman, and a variety of "bad" girls tells us a great deal about changing marital tides throughout the progressive era.
If interested in joining us, please respond to firstname.lastname@example.org. The February 25th deadline is fast-approaching, so prompt replies are appreciated! Many thanks.
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