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 while our rights and possibilities change—when we turn into eligible to solid a vote, purchase a drink, or sign up for Medicare. This quantity brings jointly students of adolescence, maturity, and previous age to discover how and why specific a while have come to outline the rights and responsibilities of usa citizens.  


Since the founding of the state, americans have depended on chronological age to figure out issues 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 prior american citizens believed an identical issues approximately specific a long time as we do.  The ability through which americans imposed chronological obstacles upon the variable means of turning out to be up and ageing bargains a paradigmatic instance of ways humans build cultural that means and social hierarchy from embodied adventure.  Further, chronological age continuously intersects with different socially built different types similar to gender, race, and sexuality.  Ranging from the 17th century to the current, taking on numerous targeted subcultures—from frontier young 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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