The Reason the Age of Adulthood was 21 During the Medieval Era and the Reason the U.S. Legal Voting Age was Reduced to 18

During the Middle Ages, adult age was considered to be 21 because that is when men were able to fully adorn and support a suit of armor. This idea carried forward throughout the centuries until the 20th century when soldiers were needed to support the war effort in Korea and Vietnam. Public outcry emerged due to the fact that young soldiers could be drafted but not vote, and in 1971 the legal voting age was decreased to 18 which shifted the legal and societal view of what age is considered to be...

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