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Drawing on a wide range of sources from social, intellectual, and political history, W. Andrew Achenbaum analyzes the changing fates and fortunes of America's elderly in the course of its history. By providing a historical perspective on society's conceptions of aging—and its effects on human lives—Achenbaum's work offers valuable insights for historians, sociologists, gerontologists, and others interested in the "graying" of America.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Contents
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  1. List of Tables
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  1. Foreword
  2. Robert N. Butler
  3. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Half Title 1
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  1. Introduction: The Universals of Old Age in American History
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. PART I: Changing Perceptions of the Aged’s Roles in Nineteenth-Century America
  1. Part 1a
  2. p. 8
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  1. 1. The Usefulness of Old Age
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  1. Chapter 1a
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  1. 2. Variations on a Theme
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  1. Chapter 3a
  2. p. 38
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  1. 3. The Obsolescence of Old Age
  2. pp. 39-54
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  1. PART II: The Demographic and Socioeconomic Dimensions of Old Age
  1. Chapter 4a
  2. p. 56
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  1. 4. The Rhetoric and Realities of Growing Old Diverge in Nineteenth-Century America
  2. pp. 57-86
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  1. Chapter 5a
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  1. 5. Old Age Becomes “Modern” in Twentieth-Century America
  2. pp. 89-106
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  1. PART III: Contemporary Old Age in Historical Perspective
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  2. p. 108
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  1. 6. Old Age Becomes a National Problem
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  1. Chapter 7a
  2. p. 126
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  1. 7. Social Security: A Novel Solution for the Problem of America’s Aged
  2. pp. 127-141
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  1. Chapter 8a
  2. p. 142
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  1. 8. Old Age in the United States since Social Security
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 165-171
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  1. Appendix
  2. p. 173
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  1. Bm 1
  2. pp. 175-178
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  1. Bm 2
  2. pp. 179-181
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  1. Bm 3
  2. pp. 183-184
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  1. Notes
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  1. Selected Bibliography
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421435077
Related ISBN
9781421435060
MARC Record
OCLC
1131905670
Launched on MUSE
2019-12-20
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
Funder
Mellon/NEH / Hopkins Open Publishing: Encore Editions
Creative Commons
CC-BY-NC-ND
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