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As Long as We Both Shall LoveThe White Wedding in Postwar America$
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Karen M. Dunak

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814737811

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814737811.001.0001

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“Linking the Past With the Future”

“Linking the Past With the Future”

Origins of the Postwar White Wedding

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As Long as We Both Shall Love

Karen M. Dunak

NYU Press

This chapter traces the origins of the postwar white wedding and its evolution into a newly requisite style of wedding celebration. In particular, it examines the shift from a variety of wedding forms, shaped by the diversity of the American population, to a single, recognizable celebration style in the years following World War II. It discusses the circumstances of World War II that influenced the world of postwar weddings and marriage and considers how the white wedding, despite industry claims of “tradition,” reflected a modern turn. It also explores how postwar brides and grooms demonstrated their commitment to modern visions of married life and civic belonging by following a national wedding model.

Keywords:   white wedding, wedding celebration, World War II, marriage, tradition, brides, grooms, married life, civic belonging

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