Publications

“Frances Harper and the Politics of Intellectual Maturity,” in Toward an Intellectual History of Black Women, eds. Mia E. Bay, Farah J. Griffin, Martha S. Jones, and Barbara D. Savage (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015).

http://www.uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=3635

Editor with Nicholas Syrett, Age in America: Colonial Era to the Present (New York: New York University Press, 2015).

http://nyupress.org/books/9781479831913/

The Struggle For Equal Adulthood: Gender, Race, Age and the Fight for Citizenship in Antebellum America (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

http://uncpress.unc.edu/books/T-9309.html

“‘Made Women of When They are Mere Children’: Mary Wollstonecraft’s Critique of Eighteenth-Century Girlhood,” Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth (Spring 2011): 197-222.

Abstract: Corinne Field challenges historians of childhood to see Mary Wollstonecraft’s Vindication of the Rights of Woman as an integral text in helping to understand the “intersection of age and gender” in eighteenth-century Europe. In doing so Field suggests the ways that politics and childhood are intricately connected. She concludes that Wollstonecraft’s arguments reveal “how politics defines the very essence of what it means to be a girl or a boy, a man or a woman.”

“‘Are Women . . . All Minors?’: Woman’s Rights and the Politics of Aging in the Antebellum United States,” Journal of Women’s History (Winter 2001): 113-137.

Abstract. In the antebellum United States, law and public opinion defined adult independence as a stage of life specific to white men, while classifying white women as perpetual dependents. In response, woman’s rights activists used age-based schedules of human development to challenge laws and social customs that treated women like minors, and to claim rights and opportunities for women as they entered adulthood and grew old. This analysis of antebellum political discourse revises the history of aging in two ways. First, it demonstrates that, while the ages at which people left school, married, and began work remained widely variable, age twenty-one nonetheless was defined as a significant transition to independence for white men, though not for white women. Second, it shows that state governments used chronological age to regulate the transition to independent citizenship long before the development of other age-based programs such as child labor laws and social security.

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