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BUNDLING, in which courting couples were allowed to spend the night together in bed fully dressed, is a much-discussed and difficult to interpret custom. The presence or absence of a chaperone, or of a BUNDLING BOARD to separate the couple, is hotly debated and seems difficult to accommodate with modern views. In general sexual activity was not endorsed, but if a child were conceived, a marriage would almost certainly take place and the conception ignored in accordance with other attitudes toward premarital sex. Bundling became controversial after 1750, leading to a popular debate over mores and personal responsibility.
Outside those areas where bundling was practiced (generally the Germanic areas and some in New England), courting took place at organized functions such as dances, horse races and church and by calling on the lady at home during the day. SOURCE: The Writer's Guide, Everyday Life in Colonial America From 1607 - 1783. Dale Taylor. Weiter's Digest Books (1997) p. 123
CONTINIUE ON TO EARLY AMERICA SEX, MARRIAGE, CHILDREN, GAYS, LESBIANS, BOYS AS GIRLS, ABORTION, BREECHING, FAMILY AND OTHER MYTHS. PART 8