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By Nicholas L. Syrett

so much within the usa most probably affiliate the idea that of the kid bride with the mores and practices of the far away prior. yet Nicholas L. Syrett demanding situations this assumption in his sweeping and occasionally stunning background of younger marriage in the United States. targeting younger women and girls--the most typical underage spouses--Syrett tracks the marital background of yankee minors from the colonial interval to the current, chronicling the debates and ethical panics on the topic of those unions.

Although the frequency of kid marriages has declined because the early 20th century, Syrett finds that the perform used to be traditionally way more common within the usa than is usually concept. It additionally maintains to at the present time: present estimates point out that nine percentage of dwelling American girls have been married earlier than turning eighteen. via reading 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 gentle at the American public's perceptions of kids marrying and the ways in which contributors and groups challenged the complicated legalities and cultural norms dropped at the fore while underage voters, by means of selection or coercion, grew to become husband and wife.

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