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 USA this day, we realize those numbers as key transitions in our lives—precise moments while 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 previous age to discover how and why specific a long time have come to outline the rights and responsibilities of americans.  

 

Since the founding of the country, americans 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 long ago ascribed to precise a long time and even if previous americans believed an analogous issues approximately specific a long time as we do.  The capacity through which americans imposed chronological limitations upon the variable means of becoming up and getting old deals a paradigmatic instance of the way humans build cultural which means and social hierarchy from embodied event.  Further, chronological age regularly intersects with different socially developed different types resembling gender, race, and sexuality.  Ranging from the 17th century to the current, taking on a number of particular subcultures—from frontier little ones and antebellum slaves to twentieth-century Latinas—Age in America makes a strong case that age has consistently been a key index of citizenship.

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