America

Divorce Colonies of Gilded Age America

If you’ve seen 1939’s The Women (and if you have not, what is stopping you!? *g* ), you’ll remember the section of the film where Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) travels to Reno to obtain a divorce from her cheating husband and discovers an entire colony of almost-divorcees. Not only was this not fictional, but by …

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Social History

Le Divorce, Edwardian Style

With love and marriage, there can unfortunately be divorce. For our Edwardian counterparts, divorce was a difficult and arduous process that could be, depending upon the social circle, a one-way ticket to the cut direct. The law of England regarded marriage as a contract, a status and institution. Up until 1857, divorce was administered by …

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