By: Pat Loud; Nora Johnson
Source: Loud, Pat, with Nora Johnson. Pat Loud: A Woman's Story. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc., 1974, 15, 51–52, 121, 177–178.
About the Author: Pat (Russell) Loud (1926–), born in Oregon, married Bill Loud in 1950, and the couple had five children over the next seven years. The Louds' marriage was plagued by Bill Loud's infidelities. In 1971 the family agreed to be filmed as part of a documentary series, which aired on public television stations in 1973. In the most memorable segment, Pat Loud told her husband that she was going to seek a divorce. Pat Loud published a memoir in 1974, Pat Loud: A Woman's Story.
The rise in divorce rates transformed American family life in the 1970s. In 1965 more than one-third of all marriages ended in divorce, but by 1979 the rate had...
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