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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

Living on the Edge

Richard A. Settersten Jr., Glen H. Elder Jr., and Lisa D. Pearce

392 pages | 5 halftones, 4 line drawings, 14 tables | 6 x 9 | © 2021
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9780226748122 Will Publish January 2021
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History carves its imprint on human lives for generations after. When we think of the radical changes that transformed America during the twentieth century, our minds most often snap 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 also defined the lives of Americans born at the turn of the twentieth century. The changes they cultivated and witnessed affect our world as we understand it today.
 
Drawing from the iconic longitudinal Berkeley Guidance Study, Living on the Edge reveals the hopes, struggles, and daily lives of the 1900 generation. Most surprising is how relevant and relatable the lives and experiences of this generation are today, despite the gap of a century. From the reorganization of marriage and family roles and relationships to strategies for adapting to a dramatically changing economy, the challenges faced by this earlier generation echo our own time. Living on the Edge offers an intimate glimpse into not just the history of our country, but the feelings, dreams, and fears of a generation remarkably kindred to the present day.
Contents
Part 1 Entering an Uncharted World

1 Americans in a New Century: The 1900 Generation

Part 2 Making a Life: 1910–30

2 California, Here We Come!
3 Men on Their Way
4 Becoming Women
5 Together and Apart in Marriage

Part 3 The Depression Years: The Worst and Best of Times

6 Misfortune and Privilege
7 Hard Times Turned Bad
8 Having Children in Troubled Times
9 In the Midst of Kin

Part 4 War on the Home Front

10 War’s Impact at Home
11 Women at Work
12 From Generation to Generation

Part 5 Transforming Times and Lives

13 The Past in Later Life

Acknowledgments
Appendix A: Additional Tables and Figures
Appendix B: The Sample, Data Sources, and Methods
Appendix C: The Story of the Project, 1962–2019
Notes
Index
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