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    Illuminating Reno's Divorce Industry

    Key Facts About This Resource

    Fields Class, Crime and Punishment, Economics, Gender and Sexuality, Legal, Political
    Geographic Focus United States
    Chronology 1900s
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    • Jonathan

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    Between 1900 and 1960, Reno, Nevada served as the divorce capital of the world. This new website seeks to make the history of divorce in Reno more accessible to the public and scholars. This new site provides a glimpse into the variety of divorce cases, both everyday citizens and celebrities, who utilized Nevada's relaxed divorce laws during this period to dissolve their marriages.  The database contains hundreds of digitized images, publications, documents, and media. 


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    • The search feature is quite flexible. You can search by theme, decade, format, or keyword. 
    • This is an excellent resource for anyone interested in gender/sexuality, marriage and the family, legal, and political history.

    About Jonathan

    I am currently an Adjunct Professor of History at Lynchburg College in Virginia. I received my PhD in Modern British History from Florida State University in 2016. My research explores the way in which competing definitions of masculinity influenced army reform in the mid-nineteenth century. Civilians called for moral reforms; however, they were constantly hampered by politician and military officials' financial concerns. This work offers a number of interventions in the current historiography by exploring issues of corporal punishment, soldiers' sexuality, military suicide, and soldiers' families. 

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