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American Gold Digger: Marriage, Money, and the Law from the Ziegfeld Follies to Anna Nicole Smith

Brian Donovan

Abstract

The stereotype of the "gold digger" has had a fascinating trajectory in twentieth-century America, from tales of greedy flapper-era chorus girls to tabloid coverage of Anna Nicole Smith and her octogenarian tycoon husband. The term entered American vernacular in the 1910s as women began to assert greater power over courtship, marriage, and finances, threatening men’s control of legal and economic structures. Over the course of the century, the gold digger stereotype reappeared as women pressed for further control over love, sex, and money while laws failed to keep pace with such realignments. ... More

Keywords: gold digger, stereotype, gender ideology, gender, class, marriage, race, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469660288
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469660288.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Donovan, author
University of Kansas