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By Corinne T. Field,Nicholas L. Syrett

Eighteen. Twenty-one. Sixty-five. In the USA at the present time, we realize those numbers as key transitions in our lives—precise moments while our rights and possibilities change—when we develop into eligible to solid a vote, purchase a drink, or sign up for Medicare. This quantity brings jointly students of early life, maturity, and outdated age to discover how and why specific a while have come to outline the rights and tasks of usa citizens.  


Since the founding of the country, american citizens have depended on chronological age to figure out issues as diversified as who can marry, paintings, be enslaved, force a automobile, or qualify for a pension. participants to this quantity discover what meanings humans some time past ascribed to precise a while and even if past american citizens believed an identical issues approximately specific a long time as we do.  The ability through which americans imposed chronological barriers upon the variable technique of becoming up and getting older bargains a paradigmatic instance of ways humans build cultural which means and social hierarchy from embodied event.  Further, chronological age continuously intersects with different socially developed different types reminiscent of gender, race, and sexuality.  Ranging from the 17th century to the current, taking on quite a few specific subcultures—from frontier youngsters and antebellum slaves to twentieth-century Latinas—Age in America makes a strong case that age has continually been a key index of citizenship.

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