Potential marital selection in Negro college students

Burks, Barbara S., Steggerda, Morris (1940) Potential marital selection in Negro college students. Sociology and Social Research, 24. pp. 433-441.

URL: http://psycnet.apa.org/record/1941-01405-001

Abstract

From a student enrollment of approximately 800 men and 600 women at Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, 146 men and 116 women submitted signed ballots on the question "what constitutes the characteristics of your ideal husband or wife?" The ideal composites are as follows: Wife: 5 ft. 4 inches, well formed, brown eyes, light complexion, good hair texture; good mixer, sweet disposition, high standards of morality, religious without being sectarian. Husband: 5 ft. 11 inches athletic, brown eyes, medium dark complexion, fair hair texture; college education, sociable, may be dominating but kind, high standards of morality, religious without being sectarian. For both sexes traits of size, personality, complexion, hair, and education were specified more frequently than traits of character or religious training.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: history > eugenics
CSHL Authors:
Communities: The Carnegie Institution Department of Genetics
Depositing User: Elizabeth Pessala
Date: 1940
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 18:33
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2018 18:33
URI: http://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/36008

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