Engagement rings are barbaric
Margaret Brinig was quoted in the Salon magazine article Engagement rings are barbaric
By Shannon Rupp
"The real reason for engagement rings wasn’t lost on people of that era, however, as legal scholar Margaret Brinig noted when she researched the history of breach of promise laws. With the abolition of those laws in the 1930s came an increase in the sales of engagement rings to the masses."
Brinig, Margaret F., "Engagement rings are barbaric" (2013). NDLS in the News. Paper 3.