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  • As Long as We Both Shall Love: The White Wedding in Postwar America
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  • Karen M. Dunak
  • 2013
  • Published by: NYU Press
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In As Long as We Both Shall Love, Karen M. Dunak provides a nuanced history of the American wedding and its celebrants. Blending an analysis of film, fiction, advertising, and prescriptive literature with personal views from letters, diaries, essays, and oral histories, Dunak demonstrates the ways in which the modern wedding epitomizes a diverse and consumerist culture and aims to reveal an ongoing debate about the power of peer culture, media, and the marketplace in America.

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  1. Cover/Frontmatter
  2. pp. 1-5
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. 6-7
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. 1. “Linking the Past with the Future”: Origins of the Postwar White Wedding
  2. pp. 13-43
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  1. 2. “The Same Thing That Happens to All Brides”: Luci Johnson, the American Public, and the White Wedding
  2. pp. 44-74
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  1. 3. “Getting Married Should Be Fun”: Hippie Weddings and Alternative Celebrations
  2. pp. 75-101
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  1. 4. “Lots of Young People Today Are Doing This”: The White Wedding Revived
  2. pp. 102-133
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  1. 5. “It Matters Not Who We Love, Only That We Love”: Same-Sex Weddings
  2. pp. 134-168
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 169-182
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 183-222
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 223-238
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 239-243
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  1. About the Author
  2. p. 244
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