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Author Settersten, Richard A., Jr., 1964- author.

Title Living on the edge : an American generation's journey through the twentieth century / Richard A. Settersten Jr., Glen H. Elder Jr., and Lisa D. Pearce.

Publication Info. Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2021.


Location Call No. Status
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  306.0973 SETTERSTEN    Check Shelf
Description 309 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Entering an uncharted world. Americans in a new century : the 1900 generation -- Making a life; 1910-1930. California, here we come! ; Men on their way; Becoming women; Together and apart in marriage -- Part 3. The Depression years : the worst and best of times. Misfortune and privilege -- Hard times turned bad -- Having children in troubled times -- In the midst of kin -- War on the home front. War's impact at home; Women at work; From generation to generation -- Transforming times and lives. The past in later life.
Summary "When we think of the radical changes that transformed America during the twentieth century, our minds most often go to the fifties and sixties: the Civil Rights Movement, changing gender roles, and new economic opportunities all point to a decisive turning point. But these were not the only changes that shaped our world, and in Living on the Edge, we learn that rapid social change and uncertainty defined the lives of Americans born at the turn of the century. The authors mine data from the famous Berkeley Longitudinal Study to reveal the daily lives, opportunities, and struggles of the 1900 generation. Their early lives were uniquely situated in historical time and especially marked by the often-transient migration pathways their own parents took across the Atlantic or westward-journeys prompted by fires, floods, and earthquakes, by the shift from agriculture toward industry, by the early illnesses and deaths of parents and siblings, and by World War I--all before picking up the story of how the Great Depression and World War II carried significant outcomes for them, too, alongside their children. Most surprising about the book is just how much about the 1900 Generation can be applied to life today, despite the gap of a century. There are remarkable commonalities in renegotiating roles for women and men, in reorganizing marriage and family roles and relationships, in managing a dramatically changing economy, and in coping with and adapting to hardship. In Living on the Edge, we have an intimate glimpse into not just the history of our country, but the feelings, dreams, and fears of a generation remarkably similar to those of our own time"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Persons -- California -- Berkeley -- Longitudinal studies.
Life cycle, Human -- Social aspects -- United States.
Social change -- United States.
United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Life cycle, Human -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00998260
Persons. (OCoLC)fst01058861
Social change. (OCoLC)fst01122310
Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01919811
California -- Berkeley. (OCoLC)fst01205020
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Genre/Form Longitudinal studies. (OCoLC)fst01423812
Added Author Elder, Glen H., Jr., author.
Pearce, Lisa D. (Lisa Deanne), 1971- author.
Other Form: ebook version : 9780226748269
ISBN 9780226748092 (cloth)
022674809X (cloth)
9780226748122 (paperback)
022674812X (paperback)
9780226748269 (ebook)
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