Author: W. Andrew Achenbaum
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press
Peter Laslett, Cambridge University “Old Age in the New Land challenges aspects of a more tentative book on the same topic by David Hackett Fischer. Achenbaum successfully defends his periodization of the history of the aged and his ...
Originally published in 1978. Drawing on a wide range of sources from social, intellectual, and political history, Old Age in the New Land 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.