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By Field, Corinne T.; Syrett, Nicholas L

Eighteen. Twenty-one. Sixty-five. In the United States this day, we realize those numbers as key transitions in our lives—precise moments whilst our rights and possibilities change—when we develop into eligible to forged a vote, purchase a drink, or sign up for Medicare. This quantity brings jointly students of adolescence, maturity, and previous age to discover how and why specific a long time have come to outline the rights and responsibilities of usa citizens.  
Since the founding of the kingdom, american citizens have trusted chronological age to figure out concerns as diversified as who can marry, paintings, be enslaved, force a vehicle, or qualify for a pension. individuals to this quantity discover what meanings humans long ago ascribed to express a long time and even if previous americans believed an analogous issues approximately specific a long time as we do.  The skill wherein americans imposed chronological limitations upon the variable technique of growing to be up and ageing deals a paradigmatic instance of ways humans build cultural that means and social hierarchy from embodied event.  Further, chronological age constantly intersects with different socially built different types corresponding to gender, race, and sexuality.  Ranging from the 17th century to the current, taking over a number of specific subcultures—from frontier little ones and antebellum slaves to twentieth-century Latinas—Age in America makes a strong case that age has regularly been a key index of citizenship.

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Early adolescence, and specifically the ages of twelve and fourteen in European and Euro-American church and civil law, was a time in life recognized for its importance and power. Around the time they achieved sexual maturity, colonial Americans of all backgrounds and faith traditions recognized that adulthood was approaching, and they devised culturally and religiously appropriate customs in order to smooth the transition from childhood to maturity. It is perhaps no wonder that Father Bigot either mistook or confused the joint policy of New England and New France to repatriate children under twelve regardless of their personal preferences, because the age of fourteen for boys especially was so strongly a part of the church and civil laws observed in the colonial northeastern borderlands.

Father Joseph François Lafitau explained in 1724 that an Indian child’s introduction to work happened early: “As soon as they have grown a little larger, they follow their mothers and work for the family. ” According to the Jesuit Lafitau, Native people saw early childhood as a time when children were morally unaccountable. ”14 Age and Captivity in Colonial Warfare | 31 By age seven, Native children were separated according to their sex and educated to work as women (farming, gathering, preparing food, and making or repairing household items) or men (hunting, fishing, fighting, and providing political and spiritual leadership).

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