n asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 3 weeks ago

In the 1800s, how old did children have to be to be considered an adult?

Update:

in the U.S. I just started thinking about this bc everyone got married (esp. girls) so much earlier in life. 

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  • PAMELA
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Uusually 21, until then you were under the control of your parents and were expected to obey them.

  • 3 weeks ago

    In what part of the 1800s? In what country? In what social class? The definition (or even recognition) of "childhood" differs greatly from time to time, place to place, society to society.

  • 3 weeks ago

    Some US states in the early 1800s made 10 the age of consent.

    That is so bad in so many ways.

  • Bill
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    21 was the adult reaching age

    it should now be 30 because most 21 year olds are too immature and uneducated to be considered adult

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    probably 18 like it is now

  • Varies from nation to nation.

  • KaleyK
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    21 was the age of majority throughout the 19th century in the United States. That number was borrowed from British common law.

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