By Nicholas L. Syrett
Although the frequency of kid marriages has declined because the early 20th century, Syrett unearths that the perform was once traditionally way more frequent within the usa than is usually inspiration. It additionally keeps to this present day: present estimates point out that nine percentage of residing American ladies have been married earlier than turning eighteen. via interpreting 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 mild at the American public's perceptions of kids marrying and the ways in which participants and groups challenged the complicated legalities and cultural norms dropped at the fore while underage electorate, via selection or coercion, turned husband and wife.
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