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American Child Bride: A History of Minors and Marriage in the United States

Nicholas L. Syrett


Most in the United States likely associate the concept of the child bride with the mores and practices of the distant past. But Nicholas L. Syrett challenges this assumption in his sweeping and sometimes shocking history of youthful marriage in America. Focusing on young women and girls—the most common underage spouses—Syrett tracks the marital history of American minors from the colonial period to the present, chronicling the debates and moral panics related to these unions. Although the frequency of child marriages has declined since the early twentieth century, Syrett reveals that the pract ... More

Keywords: Child marriage, Marriage law, Women’s rights activists, Childhood, Coercion, History of marriage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781469629537
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469629537.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nicholas L. Syrett, author
University of Northern Colorado