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By Nicholas L. Syrett

so much within the usa most likely 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. concentrating on younger ladies and girls--the most typical underage spouses--Syrett tracks the marital historical past of yank minors from the colonial interval to the current, chronicling the debates and ethical panics relating to those unions.

Although the frequency of kid marriages has declined because the early 20th century, Syrett unearths that the perform used to be traditionally way more common within the usa than is often inspiration. It additionally maintains to at the present time: present estimates point out that nine percentage of residing American ladies have been married earlier than turning eighteen. by means of studying the criminal 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 teens marrying and the ways in which members and groups challenged the complicated legalities and cultural norms delivered to the fore while underage voters, through selection or coercion, turned husband and wife.

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