Children and Youth in a New Nation

Children and Youth in a New Nation

by James Marten
     
 

In the early years of the Republic, as Americans tried to determine what it meant to be an American, they also wondered what it meant to be an American child. A defensive, even fearful, approach to childhood gave way to a more optimistic campaign to integrate young Americans into the Republican experiment.

In Children and Youth in a New Nation,

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Overview

In the early years of the Republic, as Americans tried to determine what it meant to be an American, they also wondered what it meant to be an American child. A defensive, even fearful, approach to childhood gave way to a more optimistic campaign to integrate young Americans into the Republican experiment.

In Children and Youth in a New Nation, historians unearth the experiences of and attitudes about children and youth during the decades following the American Revolution. Beginning with the revolution itself, the contributors explore a broad range of topics, from the ways in which American children and youth participated in and learned from the revolt and its aftermaths, to developing notions of “ideal” childhoods as they were imagined by new religious denominations and competing ethnic groups, to the struggle by educators over how the society that came out of the Revolution could best be served by its educational systems. The volume concludes by foreshadowing future “child-saving” efforts by reformers committed to constructing adequate systems of public health and child welfare institutions.

Rooted in the historical literature and primary sources, Children and Youth in a New Nation is a key resource in our understanding of origins of modern ideas about children and youth and the conflation of national purpose and ideas related to child development.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814757499
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
01/01/2009
Series:
Children and Youth in America Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
Foreword
Paul S. Boyer
Introduction
James Marten
Part I No Greater Distinction: American Children and the Revolution
Part II Finding a Place to Belong: Raising Ideal Children
Part III Taking a Flying Leap: Educating Young Republicans
Part IV A Hard World: Child Welfare and Health Reform
Part V Documents
Questions for Consideration
Suggested Readings
Contributors
Index

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