Progressive Era reformers and radicals (studied by scholars like Christiana Simmons and Clare Virginia Eby) supported companionate marriage ideals that, theoretically at least, enhanced the autonomy of each individual in the marriage relationship.
Regardless of how much Progressive Era notions of companionate marriage changed mainstream marriage power dynamics, there certainly was a shift in American conceptions of marriage.
As historian Nancy Cott put it her book Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation, “Where mid-nineteenth-century judges and other public spokesmen had hardly been able to speak of marriage without mentioning Christian morality, mid-twentieth-century discourse saw the hallmarks of the institution in liberty and privacy, consent and freedom.” The changes in marriage were readily apparent in the 1960s.
From the introduction of the birth control pill in 1960, to anti-miscegenation laws being declared unconstitutional in 1967, to California enacting the nation’s first “no fault” divorce law in 1969, the liberalization and individualization of love and marriage accelerated.
Still, the details made for sensational type, and newspapers across the country printed the dispatch.
Despite rejecting Snell’s offer, Savidge received hundreds of letters expressing romantic interest in the wealthy rancher.
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n 1904, The New York Times picked up an unusual story from Omaha.
A wealthy Nebraska rancher named James Snell had requested the help of Omaha pastor Charles W. In exchange, Snell offered to finance a matchmaking agency that would be run and owned by the Rev. According to the story, Savidge—a back-to-the-Bible revivalist and pastor of an independent holiness church—turned the offer down.