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Liberty's DawnA People's History of the Industrial Revolution$
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Emma Griffin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300151800

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300151800.001.0001

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A Brand New Wife and an Empty Pocket

A Brand New Wife and an Empty Pocket

(p.109) Chapter Five A Brand New Wife and an Empty Pocket
Liberty's Dawn

Emma Griffin

Yale University Press

The autobiographies of ordinary working people provide fascinating facts about courtship and marriage during the industrial revolution in Britain, and also offer insights into sexual behavior and certain social codes that couples had to observe, along with the culture of the working class. It is clear that finding a partner formed an important element of young people's working lives. Another trend was the considerable variation in the ages at which different kinds of workers married, with the most prosperous workers always marrying the youngest. In addition, newlyweds often returned from the church without any money left in their pockets.

Keywords:   autobiographies, courtship, marriage, industrial revolution, Britain, sexual behavior, working class, young people

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