Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches by Marcia A. Zug

By Marcia A. Zug

There have constantly been mail-order brides in America—but we haven’t consistently thought of them within the comparable methods. In Buying a Bride, Marcia A. Zug starts off with the so-called “Tobacco better halves” of the Jamestown colony and strikes all of the method ahead to today’s smooth same-sex mail-order grooms to discover the benefits and downsides of mail-order marriage. It’s a heritage of deception, actual abuse, and failed unions. It’s additionally the tale of the way mail-order marriage can provide girls astounding and empowering opportunities.
Drawing on a forgotten trove of colourful mail-order marriage complaints, Zug explores the numerous troubling felony concerns that come up in mail-order marriage: household abuse and homicide, breach of agreement, fraud (especially with regards to immigration), and human trafficking and prostitution. She tells the tale of the way mail-order marriage misplaced the benign acceptance it loved within the Civil conflict period to develop into a growing number of reviled over the years, and she or he argues compellingly that it doesn't completely deserve its present recognition. whereas it's a universal misperception that ladies flip to mail-order marriage as a determined final hotel, so much mail-order brides are enticed instead of coerced. because the first mail-order brides arrived on American beaches in 1619, mail-order marriage has enabled ladies to enhance either their marital clients and their felony, political, and social freedoms. Buying A Bride uncovers this historical past and exhibits us how mail-order marriage empowers ladies and may be safe or even encouraged.  

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