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Please submit permission requests for other use directly to the publisher. Courtship customs in North Carolina have generally followed the same trends evident South Carolina looking for love the rest of the United States, with slight differences owing to the historically agrarian and rural nature of the state.

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Activities deemed appropriate and conducive to courting were influenced by the leisure activities of the general population, such as barn conservative dating South Dakota, county fairs, and hayrides. Other early leisure activities where couples could exchange glances and perhaps become acquainted were religious revival and camp meetings ; school talent exhibitions; ball games; bicycle, horseback, and buggy rides; ice skating outings; strolls or promenades; and church " dinners on the grounds.

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A custom that flourished in the New England states and that may have been practiced in rural North Carolina areas was "bundling," or allowing a fully clothed couple to "laugh and whisper together in bed, under supervision. The practice died out in the early s as bigger houses with front parlors became the norm. Disdain from outsiders and pressures from clergy also hastened bundling's demise.

Two innovations that dramatically changed courtship practices in the state and nation were automobiles and the i North Carolina looking for a woman to date.

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With the appearance of the automobile, particularly closed cars, a couple's "mobile parlor" enabled them to attend parties and dances in towns miles away. Driving became a favorite pastime and, coupled with a leisurely picnic, an ideal courting activity.

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Going to the movies was "buying dark and privacy in a crowd. During war times, couples courted their loved ones with letters and messages sent through friends and acquaintances.

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Broadcast messages of love were sent from overseas back to sweethearts in North Carolina. During World War IIcanteens and USOs sprang up around military bases to provide a haven where dancing and socializing were encouraged and opportunities to meet people from different backgrounds flourished. With North Carolina's economy booming after World War II, roller skating woman looking for man in Plano TX in popularity, and swimming pools also became a popular hangout.

Dances, or sock hops, were the rage of the s, much like discos would become in the s.

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Courtship for North Carolinians after the turbulent s has been most affected by a relaxation of sexual mores. While couples may become acquainted by participating in many of the same leisure activities as generations, they also may live together openly without marriage ties and for the most part without negative social stigma.

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Saint Chesapeake date emergence of computers, and particularly the Internet, into everyday lives has opened up the entire world as a meeting place for potential couples.

For many, "computer dating" is the courtship practice of the day. Courtship customs for North Carolinians continue to mirror the trends of the national culture and borrow from international influences as modern means of communication make the world a smaller place. Beth L. Bride Unidentified bride, no date c. Comments are not published until reviewed by NCpedia editors at the State Library of NCand the editors reserve the right to not publish any comment submitted that is local hookups Canton inappropriate for this resource.

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Printer-friendly Courtship Customs by Taylor Shaw, References: Beth Gilbert first date. William J. Fielding, Strange Customs of Courtship and Marriage Additional Resources: Bride Unidentified bride, no date c. UNC Press. Shaw, Taylor.

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