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Someday All This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age
We all hope that we will be cared for as we age. But the details of that care, for caretaker and recipient alike, raise some of life s most vexing questions. From the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century, as an explosive economy and shifting social opportunities drew the young away from home, the elderly used promises of inheritance to keep children at their side. H ...more
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published January 15th 2012 by Harvard University Press
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Read half of it, got the gist, and stopped (it's hard to keep up the momentum through a scholarly work). The basic premise is really interesting - that in a pre-welfare state age, parents had to manipulate the tools of private law (their wills and contracts) to persuade children to take care of them - and really poses interesting, complicated issues about what family relationships do and should mean between adults. But I got tired of the slight differences between this and that old New Jersey fa ...more