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By Field, Corinne T.; Syrett, Nicholas L

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 This quantity brings jointly students of formative years, maturity, and outdated age to discover how and why specific a long time have come to outline the rights and tasks of usa citizens.  
Since the founding of the kingdom, american citizens have depended on chronological age to figure out issues as assorted as who can marry, paintings, be enslaved, force a motor vehicle, or qualify for a pension. participants to this quantity discover what meanings humans some time past ascribed to precise a long time and even if previous american citizens believed a similar issues approximately specific a long time as we do.  The ability during which americans imposed chronological limitations upon the variable means of becoming up and growing older deals a paradigmatic instance of the way humans build cultural which means and social hierarchy from embodied event.  Further, chronological age continually intersects with different socially built different types similar to gender, race, and sexuality.  Ranging from the 17th century to the current, taking over various distinctive 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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35 Adolescence was recognized as a powerful passage by Europeans as well. Holly Brewer’s important study argues that as birth and status became less important over time in the Anglophone Atlantic, the citizenship privileges once granted young aristocratic or wealthy children vanished. Although age was a more democratic means by which to distribute these rights, at the same time the minimum age for exercising these rights and responsibilities was adjusted upward over the course of the early modern era.

130–31. When reporting on his leaving for the hunt in 1754, Johnson had reported him as being merely six. Perhaps he turned seven that autumn. , 131–32. 25 See, for example, Mintz, Huck’s Raft. , by French and Indian warriors, 7–9. See also Marten, Children in Colonial America, esp. the foreword by Philip J. Greven (ix–xii) and the introduction by Marten (1–10); see also Barry Levy’s review of Marten’s collection in William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser. 64, no. 3 (2007): 668–72. 26 For more on the reasons why girls were likelier to remain in Canada and boys were likelier to return to New England, see Little, Abraham in Arms, chap.

These accounts, however ideologically driven, are especially valuable sources for understanding the experience of borderlands warfare on families and whole communities, as they, along with the letters preserved in The Jesuit Relations like the one from Jacques Bigot quoted in the introduction, are representative of the only sources we have for understanding the experiences of women, boys, and girls alike. Because the experience was more widespread and because the documentation is richer and more detailed, this essay is based on AngloAmerican records.

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