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Age in America: The Colonial Era to the Present

Corinne T. Field and Nicholas L. Syrett


This volume brings together scholars of childhood, adulthood, and old age to explore how and why particular ages—such as sixteen, twenty-one, and sixty-five—have come to define the rights and obligations of American citizens. From the colonial period to the present, Americans have relied on chronological age to determine matters as diverse as who can cast a vote, marry, buy a drink, or qualify for a pension. Contributors to this volume explore what meanings people in the past ascribed to specific ages and whether or not earlier Americans believed the same things about particular ages as we do. ... More

Keywords: age, childhood, adulthood, middle age, old age, rights, citizenship, gender, race, sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9781479870011
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479870011.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Corinne T. Field, editor
University of Virginia

Nicholas L. Syrett, editor

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