Changing the Context
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But the hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of woman is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is under-going so deep a transformation, women impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid mankind in not falling.
"Open House/Buffet Supper
While a cocktail party typically has a two hour time span, an open house lasts longer, and guests can come and go whenever they’d like. The drinks are self-serve – beer and soda on ice, and a bowl of punch or egg nog.
The food and set-up are described well by 1953's Esquire Etiquette..."
The first American thanksgiving was held at Jamestown and similar thanksgivings were celebrated in several colonies. The official establishment of Thanksgiving Day was, therefore, not an act of unitarians or deists to replace Christmas but an extension of something that had already been going on.and:
America was never a Calvinist project until the War between the States. That is just a typical Yankee lie. The Puritans had never liked Christmas to begin with. There are no American founders because there was no American founding--the Articles of Confederation and Constitution were documents solidifying a confederation of sovereign states and therefore any references to God, religion, the family, marriage, would have been entirely out of order. The First Amendment was not a defense against deism--it was more or less drafted by Madison!--but against any infringement into the rights of the states in religious matters. The Yankees had been alarmed by the Quebec Act, which granted religious freedom to Catholics not only in Quebec but in NW territories partly claimed by Connecticut. They also feared, or said they did, the imposition of the Cof E on the colonies. The First Amendment, like the other provisions in the Bill of Rights, were not statements of lofty principles but responses to some of the crises that brought on the Revolution and to current circumstances. It should be pointed out that no one in America much liked the Yankee Puritans, not even the decent folk of New York and Pennsylvania which were being overrun by Yankee rabble. Read Cooper's Satanstoe novels or The American Democrat.
There was a wide variety of religious establishment in the states, ranging from requirements that office-holders believe in God to using tax money to support the clergy--but in a mobile and complex population, establishments were no more practical than monarchy or aristocracy.
America was "founded" either as a religious country or a secular country, and if one can prove it was not a religious foundation, then it must be secular. But the dichotomy itself is false and puerile. There is no American founding, no American ideology, only a vague set of assumptions that varied by region. As a number of historians have shown (David Hackett Fisher, M.E. Bradford), there was no uniform America in the 19th century but a set of regions with differing cultures derived from the different parts of Britain for which the predominant elements came. A single state like South Carolina was home to several cultures--SW England by way of Barbados, Scoth-Irish, Huguenon, Catholic Irish.
When men get a degree or go through a vocational program and then land a job, they’ve normally got 40+ years to contribute to increasing the wealth of society. Women “playing” career damage society:
1. They displace men for positions in college or vocational school.
2. Upon landing a job, they displace other men for the job position.
3. The increase in the labor pool drives down wages (supply & demand).
4. While in the labor pool, women are less effective and less productive than men.
5. Because they are in the labor pool and cannot compete with men, women support labor laws to enforce “equality” which burden businesses and can cause men to get fired due to some infringement or just to meet quotas.
6. When they leave the labor pool after becoming bored, there is now a hole than can be difficult to fill because the men who would normally fill it have been displaced for all the reasons above. There was recent discussion on some blog with a link to an article about this exact problem with physicians in the UK.
In some sense, I can agree with the comment that women were advised to pursue education and careers as the ONLY option. Women do NOT know what they want. They have to be guided. Most parents have so bought into feminism that they don’t see any other way. It’s a riot – or sad – talking to parents when they go into all the detail about choosing a college, going on campus visits, making sure she gets into the best school, etc., etc. You would think these parents would spend their time and energy on prepping their daughters for the most important life decision – choosing a man for marriage, how to make a husband happy and how to raise healthy children.
And yet, if parents were to advise their daughters to prep for marriage instead of a career, and there is a decent girl who truly wants to please her husband and raise a nice family,how would she find a man who’s in college? It would seem that the dating and courting scene would have to change as well and go back to earlier methods.