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American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States by [Syrett, Nicholas L.]

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Editorial Reviews


The level of nuance in the book's augmentation is astonishing, and it makes the book highly valuable beyond the history of childhood and youth.--Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth

Admirably thorough and detailed. . . . [Syrett] salts the narrative with many historical examples to illustrate his explanations. Highly recommended.--Choice

[A] comprehensive look at the history of American child marriage.--Slate

Calls on us to search for better ways to protect children from child marriage, abusive parents, and a host of other domestic dangers.".--Journal of the History of Sexuality

Taps into an enormously important but surprisingly overlooked aspect of the history of American marriage: the (gendered) history of marriages to minors.--Journal of American History


This meticulously researched book explores how changing patterns of youth, adulthood, geography, and gender have shaped American norms and expectations of youthful marriage. Made human by his telling of richly detailed personal stories, Nicholas Syrett's findings will surprise and likely shock contemporary readers.--Stephanie Coontz, author of Marriage, a History: How Love Conquered Marriage

In this original and timely book, Nicholas L. Syrett tackles the controversial topic of child marriage, recovering child brides' experiences while simultaneously historicizing the cultural discomfort these marriages have provoked. Syrett reveals the complexity in these relationships--some were coercive and violent, but, counterintuitively, others enabled minors to gain agency and challenge the idea of childhood itself. Cogent, brilliantly researched, and rendered in sterling prose, American Child Bride is a major new work in the field of childhood studies.--Robin Bernstein, author of Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights

American Child Bride is a timely and compelling book. In an era when marriage law and practice once again grab headlines, Nicholas L. Syrett offers us a sweeping history that chronicles changing attitudes and policies toward one of the most persistent yet controversial marital acts: young girls marrying older men. In doing so, Syrett helps us understand the larger social and cultural implications of clashes over marriage in the past and present.--Michael Grossberg, Indiana University Bloomington

As Nicholas Syrett's book persuasively demonstrates, the history of marriage among American minors offers a lens through which to understand many broader issues--the differences between generations of Americans; shifting notions of childhood and child protection; the way children's lives are shaped by race, class, and gender; and fears of unrestrained sexuality outside of marriage, especially for unmarried teenage girls.  Syrett is a lively writer, and his book deserves a wide audience.--Leslie Paris, University of British Columbia

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  • File Size: 2702 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1469645556
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (September 2, 2016)
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #653,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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