Honors HIST 1103 – Survey of American History
Dr. Laura Belmonte
Assignment for Beth Bailey, From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-Century America
Due in class on Thursday, March 28th
Read: pp. 1-96 only
Write a 5-7 page essay (be sure to include an introduction and conclusion) in which you summarize Bailey’s major themes and answer – within the body of your essay – the following questions (in whatever order you wish):
-Why and how did courtship and dating patterns change over time?
-How did media reflections and images of dating change over time?
-How have the roles and expectations of men and women changed in regard to courtship and dating?
-How have trends in marriage changed?
-How has consumerism been linked to dating?
-How have the connections between sex and dating changed?
-How have parents and other authorities reacted to dating practices?
-How would you describe dating and courtship practices today?
-Did you like this book? Should I assign it again? Explain your answers.