American Childhood 1775 to 1865 / Edition 1

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Overview

From Virtue to Character: American Childhood, 1775-1850 explores the experience of childhood in America from the Revolution to the Civil War. Beginning with the child-rearing concepts of John Locke and those who popularized and elaborated on his views, author Jacqueline S. Reinier traces how the enlightened hope of the malleability of the child was folded into the ideology of the early American republic. As cultural leaders sought to mold children into virtuous citizens and citizen's wives, they drew on European enlightened thought, which they blended with the American religious experience and Protestant belief.
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Reinier (history, California State U., Sacramento) provides a detailed, scholarly study of the experience of childhood in America from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War. B&w illustrations. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805741025
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Twayne's History of American Childhood Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgments
1 Enlightened Child-Rearing: The Anti-patriarchal Family and the Malleable Child 1
2 Rearing the Republican Child: American Childhood and Revolutionary Republicanism 20
3 Physical Management of Children: Child Health and Mortality, the Evolving Maternal Role, and the "American Revolution" in Medicine 46
4 The Spiritual World of the Child: From Virtue to Character 72
5 Forming Character: Schooling 102
6 Re-forming Character: Work 125
7 Black and White Children in the South 151
Epilogue 180
Chronology 185
Notes and References 188
Bibliographical Essay 232
Index 245
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