Week 6 Reading Guide: Marriage and Nineteenth Century U.S. History

  1. Identify an intriguing person, event or source from three of the assigned chapters, and take notes on the following questions for each item:
    • Why does it interest you? What more would you like to know about it?
    • Why does Cott include it in her book? How does it pertain to the arguments she is making in the relevant chapter and in the book as a whole?
    • Collect and write down any information you can find in Cott that might help you track down this source. Where would you look for it next?
  2. Identify two major changes in ideas or policies concerning marriage in nineteenth century America. What does Cott say about when and why these occurred?