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

By Corinne T. Field,Nicholas L. Syrett

Eighteen. Twenty-one. Sixty-five. In the US at the present time, we realize those numbers as key transitions in our lives—precise moments whilst our rights and possibilities change—when we turn into eligible to forged a vote, purchase a drink, or sign up for Medicare. This quantity brings jointly students of formative years, maturity, and outdated age to discover how and why specific a long time have come to outline the rights and duties of americans.  

 

Since the founding of the kingdom, american citizens have trusted 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 precise a long time and even if past american citizens believed an identical issues approximately specific a while as we do.  The potential during which americans imposed chronological barriers upon the variable strategy of becoming up and growing old bargains 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 built different types reminiscent of gender, race, and sexuality.  Ranging from the 17th century to the current, taking over quite a few exact subcultures—from frontier kids and antebellum slaves to twentieth-century Latinas—Age in America makes a strong case that age has regularly been a key index of citizenship.

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