Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present by Corinne T. Field,Nicholas L. Syrett PDF

By Corinne T. Field,Nicholas L. Syrett

Eighteen. Twenty-one. Sixty-five. In the United States this present day, we realize those numbers as key transitions in our lives—precise moments whilst our rights and possibilities change—when we develop into eligible to forged a vote, purchase a drink, or sign up for Medicare. This quantity brings jointly students of early life, maturity, and outdated age to discover how and why specific a long time have come to outline the rights and tasks of usa citizens.  


Since the founding of the state, americans have depended on chronological age to figure out concerns as varied as who can marry, paintings, be enslaved, force a vehicle, or qualify for a pension. participants to this quantity discover what meanings humans some time past ascribed to express a while and even if prior americans believed an identical issues approximately specific a long time as we do.  The capability during which american citizens imposed chronological barriers upon the variable strategy of becoming up and getting older deals a paradigmatic instance of the way humans build cultural which means and social hierarchy from embodied adventure.  Further, chronological age continuously intersects with different socially developed different types reminiscent of gender, race, and sexuality.  Ranging from the 17th century to the current, taking on quite a few precise subcultures—from frontier teenagers and antebellum slaves to twentieth-century Latinas—Age in America makes a robust case that age has continually been a key index of citizenship.

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