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Children and Youth in a New Nation$
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James Marten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814757420

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814757420.001.0001

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Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution

Boy Soldiers of the American Revolution

The Effects of War on Society

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Children and Youth in a New Nation

Caroline Cox

NYU Press

This chapter looks at the experiences of Revolutionary War veterans who were boys when they served by exploring the complexities of these boys' relationships with their families and with society at large. The American Revolution signaled a wave of change as these boys transitioned from the subjects of a king to the citizens of a republic. Drawing their experiences out from the confines of military history, the chapter reveals detail about their relationships with their parents or guardians, tensions surrounding their financial dependence, and their attempts to be masters of their own fates. Their complex and uneven journeys to maturity and independence can help us understand the larger journey of the nation itself.

Keywords:   Revolutionary War, boy soldiers, American Revolution, dependent youths, republic, maturity

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