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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 United States this present day, we realize those numbers as key transitions in our lives—precise moments while 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 early life, maturity, and previous 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 country, american citizens have depended on chronological age to figure out concerns as varied as who can marry, paintings, be enslaved, force a motor vehicle, or qualify for a pension. individuals to this quantity discover what meanings humans some time past ascribed to express a long time and even if prior american citizens believed an analogous issues approximately specific a long time as we do.  The skill wherein americans imposed chronological barriers upon the variable strategy of starting to be up and getting older 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 built different types reminiscent of gender, race, and sexuality.  Ranging from the 17th century to the current, taking on a number of special subcultures—from frontier little ones and antebellum slaves to twentieth-century Latinas—Age in America makes a robust case that age has consistently been a key index of citizenship.

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