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Northern Civil War Widows vs. the Marriage Mart: Lunch with Laura Salisbury of BU

Laura Salisbury of BU has a fact: It look as though northern Civil War widows with pensions (as opposed to northern Civil War widows without pensions) delay remarriage for three years. This surprises me: I had thought it likely that women with pensions would be attractive on the marriage mart--yes, they lose their pension when they remarry, but the lost pension goes to their kids, and money is fungible. But apparently not: female agency--the desire to stay independent rather than marry that drunkard--trumps the male eye for placing a widow with assets earlier in the wooing queue.

Clearly my knee-jerk reactions underrate female agency...

 

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