American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in by Nicholas L. Syrett

By Nicholas L. Syrett

so much within the usa most likely affiliate the concept that of the kid bride with the mores and practices of the far-off previous. yet Nicholas L. Syrett demanding situations this assumption in his sweeping and infrequently surprising historical past of younger marriage in the USA. targeting younger ladies and girls--the commonest underage spouses--Syrett tracks the marital heritage of yankee minors from the colonial interval to the current, chronicling the debates and ethical panics concerning those unions.

Although the frequency of kid marriages has declined because the early 20th century, Syrett unearths that the perform was once traditionally way more common within the usa than is often idea. It additionally maintains to this present day: present estimates point out that nine percentage of dwelling American ladies have been married earlier than turning eighteen. by means of studying the felony and social forces that experience labored to curtail early marriage in America--including the efforts of women's rights activists, advocates for kid's rights, and social workers--Syrett sheds new mild at the American public's perceptions of youth marrying and the ways in which participants and groups challenged the complicated legalities and cultural norms dropped at the fore whilst underage electorate, by means of selection or coercion, grew to become husband and wife.

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