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Author Donovan, Brian, 1971- author
Title American gold digger : marriage, money, and law from the Ziegfeld Follies to Anna Nicole Smith / Brian Donovan
Imprint Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2020
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Series Gender and American culture
Gender & American culture
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
"The stereotype of the 'gold digger' has a fascinating trajectory in twentieth century America, from tales of greedy chorus girls to tabloid coverage about Anna Nicole Smith and her octogenarian tycoon husband, from vaudeville jokes to contemporary hip hop lyrics. While stories of conniving women who manipulate men for money have been around for centuries, the use of the specific term only dates back to the 1910s, when it was first published in a book by suffragette Virginia Brooks. Here, Brian Donovan traces the development of the "gold digger" to reveal the porous relationship between law and culture, using the concept to assess the power of stereotypes that create and reinforce social inequality"-- Provided by publisher
Subject Fortune hunters -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Man-woman relationships -- Economic aspects -- United States
Marriage law -- Economic aspects -- United States
Marriage law -- Social aspects -- United States
Women -- United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century
Culture and law -- United States
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