The Divorce Colony April White

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Published: December 7th 2015

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The Divorce Colony  by  April  White

The Divorce Colony by April White
December 7th 2015 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 29 pages | ISBN: | 7.48 Mb

In the summer of 1891, the Baroness Margaret Laura De Stuers arrived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on a mission she had managed to conceal from the newspaper correspondents who documented her every move. The baroness, a niece of the illustrious AstorMoreIn the summer of 1891, the Baroness Margaret Laura De Stuers arrived in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on a mission she had managed to conceal from the newspaper correspondents who documented her every move. The baroness, a niece of the illustrious Astor family, had come to the frontier town for a divorce, setting the stage for a dramatic showdown with her husband, the Baron Alphonse Lambert Eugene Ridder De Stuers of the Netherlands.

She wasn’t alone. Thanks to its flexible laws, Sioux Falls had become a divorce colony, as the newspapers called it, where men and women from all over the country travelled—and settled, to establish residency—in the hopes of ending unfortunate marriages. To read the front pages of Americas newspapers at the turn of the 19th century was to know that the country was facing a divorce epidemic, and Sioux Falls was the crucible of the crisis. In “The Divorce Colony,” writer April White conjures a forgotten chapter in American history, peopled with colorful characters who became unwitting participants in the long debate over love and marriage, divorce, and ultimately, freedom.



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