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Harvard University Press, Jan 30, 2012 - Family & Relationships - 368 pages
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Hartog tells the heartbreaking stories of how families fought over the work of caring for the elderly, and its compensation, in a time before pensions, Social Security, and nursing homes filled this gap. As an explosive economy drew the young away from home, we see how the elderly used promises of inheritance to keep children at their side.

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Based on a study of 19th and early 20th-century New Jersey cases, Hartog examines the complicated interplay of love, duty, gendered expectations, promises, work, and inheritance as society changed ... Read full review

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Hendrik Hartog is Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty at Princeton University.

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