“Haber and Gratton lay to rest many conventional assumptions concerning the place of older persons in American history.” —Choice
“Haber and Gratton’s meaty little book does more than provide an intelligent synthesis of existing old-age history; its new interpretations, insights, and shifts of emphasis will provoke responses and help move historians’ work away from the now threadbare original disputes in e field toward new questions and approaches.” —American Historical Review
“Indeed, Haber and Gratton give us a refreshingly multidimensional history of the shift in old-age security from work, assets, or children to government annuities.” —Contemporary Sociology
“ . . . the history of old age has finally come of age. The authors successfully synthesize the best of the earlier social and cultural studies with new empirical evidence and recent findings of economic historians.” —Journal of Economic History
“A truly ‘revisionary’ interpretation of the cultural and structural forces that shaped the elderly’s lives from the colonial period to the present. Lucid and controversial, [it] is bound to be widely cited and hotly contested.” —W. Andrew Achenbaum
This social history of the American elderly offers a provocative new view of aging in the United States. It revises traditional assumptions about the economic status of the old and challenges the long-held contention that industrialization destroyed family relationships.