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Building Character in the American Boy: The Boy Scouts, YMCA, and Their Forerunners, 1870-1920
     

Building Character in the American Boy: The Boy Scouts, YMCA, and Their Forerunners, 1870-1920

by David Macleod
 

Among established American institutions, few have been more successful or paradoxical than the Boy Scouts of America. David Macleod traces the social history of America in this scholarly account of the origins of the Boy Scouts and other character-building agencies, through which adults tried to restructure middle-class boyhood.

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Overview

Among established American institutions, few have been more successful or paradoxical than the Boy Scouts of America. David Macleod traces the social history of America in this scholarly account of the origins of the Boy Scouts and other character-building agencies, through which adults tried to restructure middle-class boyhood.

Back in print; First paperback edition.

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"A social history that goes well beyond its immediate subject to be a contribution to our understanding of turn-of-the-century education, male sex roles, and middle-class development."—American Journal of Education

“Far more than a narrow description of boys' work agencies from 1870-1920, this book illuminates, with rich, carefully hewn detail, important features of the social, structural, and cultural landscape of that era.  .  .  .  Scholars with an interest in character and social structure will find much of value in this book.”—John F. Stolte, Sociology and Social Research

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780299094041
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date:
10/15/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

David I. Macleod, professor of history at Central Michigan University, was involved with the Boy Scouts from ages eight through twenty. He is author of The Age of the Child: Children in American 1890–1920.

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