As Long as We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America

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NYU Press, Aug 30, 2013 - History - 252 pages

In As Long as We Both Shall Love, Karen M. Dunak provides a nuanced history of the American wedding and its celebrants. Blending an analysis of film, fiction, advertising, and prescriptive literature with personal views from letters, diaries, essays, and oral histories, Dunak demonstrates the ways in which the modern wedding epitomizes a diverse and consumerist culture and aims to reveal an ongoing debate about the power of peer culture, media, and the marketplace in America.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Origins of the Postwar White Wedding
13
Luci Johnson the American Public and the White Wedding
44
Hippie Weddings and Alternative Celebrations
75
The White Wedding Revived
102
SameSex Weddings
134
Conclusion
169
Notes
183
Bibliography
223
Index
239
About the Author
244
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Karen M. Dunak is Assistant Professor of History at Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio.

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