By Nicholas L. Syrett

such a lot 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 surprising background of younger marriage in the United States. concentrating on younger women and girls--the commonest underage spouses--Syrett tracks the marital background of yank minors from the colonial interval to the current, chronicling the debates and ethical panics regarding 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 often idea. It additionally keeps to at the present time: present estimates point out that nine percentage of dwelling American ladies have been married earlier than turning eighteen. through interpreting 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 gentle at the American public's perceptions of teenagers marrying and the ways in which members and groups challenged the complicated legalities and cultural norms dropped at the fore whilst underage electorate, through selection or coercion, turned husband and wife.

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