• Sociology
  • Published 1983

''The White Life for two'': The Defence of Marriage and Sexual Morality in Canada, 1890-1914

@inproceedings{Snell1983TheWL,
  title={''The White Life for two'': The Defence of Marriage and Sexual Morality in Canada, 1890-1914},
  author={James Snell},
  year={1983}
}
The two decades immediately preceding World War I witnessed a growing concern regarding social and sexual morality in Canada. This paper examines one aspect of that concern, marriage breakdown. Worried that the family as an institution was becoming unstable and that marriage, the basic bond of every family, was being undermined by increasingly lewd and improper behaviour, reformers acted to defend marriage and to enforce a rigid standard of sexual morality. This defensive reaction was… CONTINUE READING