An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches by Marcia A. Zug, nyc University Press, 2016, 320 pp., $30.00 (fabric)
Attempting to fight "simplistic and inaccurate" (p. 1) conceptions of mail-order brides as helpless, desperate, and abused victims, Marcia A. Zug uses Buying a Bride: An Engaging History of Mail-Order Matches as an intervention that is textual principal U.S. social narratives, which she contends are tainted with misconceptions and ethical judgements concerning this training. In this text, Zug traces the annals of mail-order brides in the usa from 1619 within the Jamestown colony to provide times so that you can deal with the total amount of risk and reward related to mail-order marriages. A forgotten record of women's liberation by focusing on how these marriages have historically been empowering arrangements that have helped women escape servitude while affording them economic benefits, greater gender equality, and increased social mobility, Buying a Bride articulates. This text additionally examines the part of whiteness, and xenophobia in fostering attitudes of intolerance and animosity, which work with tandem to perpetuate inaccurate narratives which associate this training with physical violence, subservience, and trafficking that is human.
The Introduction starts by questioning principal assumptions that are cultural mail purchase marriages and develops the writer's main thesis that mail-order marriages have actually had and continue steadily to have significant advantages for both gents and ladies in the usa.