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ERIC Number: ED407696
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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"Colonial Matters": Dating at Antioch College in the 1870's.
Chamberlain, William
Transcribing and footnoting some 186 family letters and documents which revolve around social life at Antioch College (Ohio) in the 1870s and everyday life during the same period allowed a professor to examine a metaphor for personal relationships used at the time: colonialism. His great grandmother, a young widow with three minor children, moved from New York State to Yellow Springs, Ohio, attracted by Antioch's Unitarian associations. Subsequently, all three of her children attended the college. One son corresponds with a friend (Leslie) who moved to the frontier town of Russell, Kansas. They write about marriage prospects, using the colonial metaphor in this context. Colonies as dating or engaged couples are mentioned in Leslie's August 1878 letter: "...outside an endless string of couples, going around and around with the slow measured tread of the colony. I have an idea that there will never be such colonizing at Antioch again as there was last year...." Whereas the word "colony" signifies the pacified state of an established relationship, the word "colonizing" takes on some of the connotations that "womanizing" has. Leslie writes of the forwardness of Kansas women and of the licentiousness of French women, when he later visits Paris. As with America's colonies and client states, a patriarchal system was the norm. Presumably the women of Antioch in the 1870s knew the metaphor of "colonial matters" and acquiesced in their defined roles. (Includes five notes.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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