Dating customs 19th century
As conditions in the United States changed in the early 1900s, so did the courtship system.In the 19th century, courtship was dominated by a system known as “calling” in which a man would visit a woman's house, where they would spend time together, under the supervision of the woman's parents.In th 20th century, “calling” was replaced by “dating”, where the guy would take the girl somewhere away from her house.The main difference between 19th and 20th century courtship was that courtship was taken from the private domain and into the public, which completely changed the experience.Everyone who has gone through high school or college is probably more or less familiar with the modern dating system.It seems like this system is natural, and many believe that it has been around for a very long time, but this is not true.Part 1: A Brief History of Dating and Courtship in America Let's turn our attention now to "dating" and the "date" itself. How did it become such an important part of our courtship system? According to cultural historian Beth Bailey, the word was probably originally used as a lower-class slang word for booking an appointment with a prostitute.
A Victorian man could amass great wealth simply by choosing a woman of great means, as her property would transfer to the man once married.
The Victorian era is defined as the years from 1837 until 1901 as this was the time in which Queen Victoria ruled England.
There is no exact date as to when the Victorian era truly ended as the Victorian lifestyle continued to influence culture, customs, and societal ways for several years following Queen Victoria’s death.
Queen Victoria’s son, King Edward VII ruled from 1901 until 1910 and historians refer to these years as the Edwardian era; however, throughout this period, Victorian influence was strong.
Women and men who held greater standards of morality and social etiquette marked the Victorian era. Societal norms taught men and women to behave with modesty and prudence.