Academic journal article Alberta History

Hearts and Minds: Canadian Romance at the Dawn of the Modern Era, 1900-1930

Academic journal article Alberta History

Hearts and Minds: Canadian Romance at the Dawn of the Modern Era, 1900-1930

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Hearts and Minds: Canadian Romance at the Dawn of the modern Era, 1900-1930

by Dan Azoulay, Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 289 pp., illus., paper, $34.95.

The author has made an exhaustive study of letters written by young men and women to the Family Herald and Weekly Star, Montreal, and the Western Home Monthly, Winnipeg, in the early part of the 20th Century. His aim is to determine their attitudes towards romance, courtship, and marriage.

Men said they were looking for wives who were domesticated, feminine, able to provide cultural companionship, and kind hearted. Beauty was not a requirement and working girls, including teachers, were not highly regarded. Men did not want wives who were lazy, frivoulous, vain, or conceited. Women, on the other hand, wanted a man who was a good provider, not afraid of hard work, honest, kind hearted, with good manners, and an abstainer from liquor, cigarettes, swearing, and gambling. …

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