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Object: Matrimony: The Risky Business of Mail-Order Matchmaking on the Western Frontier

Marissa's Books & Gifts, LLC 9780762773992 Object: Matrimony: The Risky Business of Mail-Order Matchmaking on the Western Frontier
Marissa's Books & Gifts, LLC 9780762773992 Object: Matrimony: The Risky Business of Mail-Order Matchmaking on the Western Frontier

Marissa's Books & Gifts, LLC

Desperate to strike it rich during the Western Gold Rushes and eager for the free land afforded them through the Homestead Act, men went west alone and sacrificed many creature comforts. Only after they arrived at their destinations did some of them realize how much they missed female companionship. One way for men living on the frontier to meet women was through subscriptions to heart-and-hand clubs. The men received newspapers with information, and sometimes photographs, about women, with whom they corresponded. Eventually, a man might convince a woman to join him in the West, and in matrimony. Social status, political connections, money, companionship, or security were often considered more than love in these arrangements.
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New
paperback
Chris Enss
TwoDot
October 16, 2012
9780762773992
M8667