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How did marriage, thought of a spiritual accountability in medieval Europe, turn into a venue for private success in modern the USA? How did the proposal of romantic love, a novelty within the heart a while, turn into a prerequisite for marriage this day? And, if the unique function of marriage used to be procreation, what precisely is the aim of marriage for ladies now? Combining "a scholar's rigor and a storyteller's craft"(San Jose Mercury News), distinct cultural historian Marilyn Yalom charts the evolution of marriage within the Judeo Christian global during the centuries and indicates how considerably our rules approximately marriage have replaced. For any girl who's, has been, or ever can be married, this intellectually energetic and gripping old research of marriage sheds new gentle on an establishment most folk take with no consideration, and which could, in reality, be experiencing its such a lot convulsive upheaval because the Reformation.

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The number of counties nationwide employing home extension agents rose from 430 in 1916 to 1,715 in 1918. In the thirty-three states lying outside the South, the total number of county home demonstration agents rose from 4 in 1916 to 803 in 1918. In Iowa alone, the number of county home demonstration agents increased from 2 in the summer of 1917 to 991 in every county in the stateby the summer of 1918. During that summer, the major focus of home extension work in Iowa was the saving of sugar and wheat.

Department of Agriculture began publishing its summaries of the survey results in 1915. 20 Superficially, midwestern farm women seemed to complain chiefly that their work was undermechanized. 21 They attributed this situation in part to men's failure to recognize the economic importance of farm women's work and women's desire for improved domestic and communication technology. One of their chief complaints was that farmhouses frequently lacked a safe, convenient water supply. Although women expressed concern about health and hygiene, their main reason for wanting modern plumbing was a desire to reduce their own work load.

In this role, women would increasingly acquire new pieces of domestic equipment until they had achieved technological parity not only with farm men but also with urban women. Freed from long work hours by the adoption of labor-saving technology, farm women could then aid the Country Life Movement in meeting its second goalthe "elevation" of rural society through the improvement of rural churches, schools, health care facilities, voluntary organizations, and family life. 11 Their arguments on behalf of rural reform, including altering Page 5 the condition of American farm women, often played to large audiences.

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