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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


History leaves its imprint on human lives for generations to come. When we think of radical changes that have transformed America, our minds often wander first to the fifties and the sixties: the Civil Rights Movement, changing gender roles, the rise in educational and economic opportunities. But these were not the only changes that shaped our world. Living on the Edge shows that rapid social change and uncertainty also defined the lives of Americans born at the turn of the twentieth century. Drawing from the iconic Berkeley Guidance Study, this book reveals the hopes, struggles, and daily liv ... More

Keywords: life course, generation, cohort, social change, social class, family, wartime, economic depression, gender, longitudinal

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780226748092
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226748269.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard A. Settersten Jr., author
Oregon State University

Glen H. Elder Jr., author
UNC Chapel Hill

Lisa D. Pearce, author
UNC Chapel Hill