Children and Youth in America, Volume III: 1933-1973: Vol. 1 Parts 1-4; Vol. 2 Parts 5-7

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Public provision for the rights of children has, at last, a complete documentary history. In three volumes, covering United States history from 1600 to the present, this is a monumental contribution in an area central to American domestic policy.

All aspects of the welfare of children are considered. The documents, as comprehensive as they are diverse, are woven into an enlightening narrative of the fundamental issues involved in the place of youth in America.

The concluding volumes present forty years of tumultuous history. They begin with the problems and protests of youth in the 1930s; their response to depression, war, and the draft; their organizations and participation in struggles for equality; and their changing legal status. With the advent of the New Deal and continuing into the Nixon administration, the sources show a growing popular emphasis on the rights and welfare of children as well as a dramatic shift in the position and commitment of the federal government. Policies and programs are many and vigorous, but gaps, protests, and inequalities persist.

Upon the appearance of the first volume, Children and Youth in America was hailed as "an important event in the history of child welfare in the United States." Now completed, these volumes constitute an indispensable reference and absorbing chronicle of American social history.

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Editorial Reviews

Harvard Educational Review
The lives of children, a subject almost wholly neglected by historians, get a full measure of attention in the excellent documentary collection, Children and Youth in America. The rich material in these two volumes is superbly organized and imaginatively selected…a comprehensive and often somber presentation of the place of childhood in our national life--far and away the best chronicle of public policy toward children we now have.
Journal of American History
A new departure in the context of the needs and the social forces of the decade just past…The Bremner volumes will inspire a whole new wave of historical study…The chapter introductions constitute concise historical summaries of significant trends and events while, at the same time, they provide sensitive interpretive essays to assist the reader in understanding the documents in their precise historical context...The selections include items basic to the central themes; they also include primary materials loaded with human interest and excitement…Photographs and other illustrations brighten the pages. The editors were, in addition, peculiarly sensitive to all those social concerns which marked the nation during the decade of the 1960s.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674116139
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1974
  • Series: Children and Youth in America Series
  • Pages: 2102
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert H. Bremner is Professor of History, Ohio State University.

John Barnard is Associate Professor of History, Oakland University.

Tamara K. Hareven is Associate Professor of History, Clark University.

Robert M. Mennel is Assistant Professor of History, University of New Hampshire.

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Table of Contents

PART 5: Juvenile Delinquency

1. Inertia and Innovation in the Care of Juvenile Delinquents

A. Continuing Problems

B. New Approaches

2.The Federal Government and Juvenile Delinquency

A. Juvenile Delinquency as a National Concern

B. Congressional Action

3. The Juvenile Court and Legal Issues

A. Debate over the Court

B. Legal Rights of Delinquents

PART 6: Health Care for Children Old Problems and Youth

1. Development of Federal-State Programs in the New Deal and World War 2

A. Maternal and Child Health and Crippled Children's Services in the Social Security Act

B. Child Health in World War 2 and the Postwar Era

2. Health Problems and Services for Children and Youth Since
World War 2

A. Progress and Problems

B. Expansion of Federal—State Maternal and Child Health and Crippled Children's Programs

C. additional Programs and National Research Institutes

3. Mental Health and Retardation

A. Mental Health

B. Mental Retardation

PART 7: Education

1. The Roosevelt Era

A. Education in Depression and War

B. Theories of Education

2. Education of Children of Minority Groups: New Trends and Old Problems

A. Educational Experiences of Black Children

B. Outlawing School Segregation

C. The Education of Indian Children

3. Education Adjusts to the Cold War

A. The Issue of Loyalty

B. The National Interest in Educational Improvement

C. New Programsfor Government

4. Education and Reform

A. Federal Initiatives in Support of Education

B. Desegregation of the Schools

C. Church and State

D. Higher Education

E. Education of Handicapped Children

Chronology: Event Relating to the History of the Health, Education, and Welfare of Children and Youth, 1933-1973

1868 Selected Bibiliography





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