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Leslie Lopez February 17, 2014 Paper #3Annotated Bibliography Section 810-930 Word Count: 548

Stevenson, Betsey, and Justin Wolfers. Marriage and divorce changes and their driving forces. Cambridge, Mass.: National Bureau of Economic Research, 2007. Print. The most prominent source in my essay, Marriage and Divorce Changes and their Driving Forces, explains marriage trends over the past 150 years, in particular annotating how women are now able to execute and control their own fertility with the procedure of contraceptives. The book also notes that though divorce rates have risen over the past 150 years, they are now slowly beginning to fall again. This source has everything I am looking to address in my essay. It draws in information from other time periods and addresses the different social customs of those time periods in conjunction with marriage. This source is trustworthy because I found it off of the UCR library database. It is a documented book from the UC Library systems.

Isen, Adam, and Betsey Stevenson. Women's education and family behavior trends in marriage, divorce and fertility. Cambridge, Mass.: National Bureau of Economic Research, 2010. Print. Womens Education and Family Behavior Trends in Marriage, Divorce, and Fertility focuses on the women side of marriage and discusses the effect of education. It

talks about how in the past educated women had higher rates of lower marriages. Contrary to popular belief, marriage rates for educated women have risen though they vary in the age, amount of children, and even happiness. In short, the book also discusses the minor effect education has had on men in marriages. This source is considered trustworthy because I found it off of the online library database at UCR. It was pulled off of the UC Library system database. The book has a series of citations from professionals amongst other information.

"USA TODAY." Marriage rate may be low, but more weddings predicted . N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 1995. <>. In the newspaper, USA Today, the author argues that marriage rates are at a national low; marriage rates declined 5% during the recession. Even though the statistics are at a record low, demographers predict that they will rise by 2.208 million in 2015. They note that apart from the recession, the reason marriage rate lowered was because of the indecisive social when and why to marry as well as the rise of cohabitation. This article is trustworthy because it is from a well renowned newspaperUSA Today. It was part of the Health and Wellness section and written by Janet Loehrke, a worker for the National Center for Health Statistics of the US Census Bureau. Cohen, Philip. "How to Live in a World Where Marriage Is in Decline." The Atlantic. Atlantic Media Company, 4 June 2013. Web. 17 Feb. 2014. <>.

This article mainly discusses statistics about marriage, such as marriage rates in the 1980s versus marriage rates now. The author, Phillip Cohens, discusses ages between 25-49 years and even incorporates all 50 states and their political parties. He also incorporates what the future may entail for marriage regarding whether it may spike, fall or level out. Phillip Cohen is a reliable source because he also runs a second site, the National Marriage Project. He is a sociology professor at University of Marriage who specializes in marriage.

In 1960, 29% of educated women had not married. Similarly, in 1950, female graduates were 3% less likely to have married Though not a huge difference on paper, in reality it is.

"The perfection of womanhood... is the wife and mother, the center of the family, that magnet that draws man to the domestic altar, that makes him a civilized being, a social Christian.

Godey's Lady's Book 60 (July 1860):71.