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

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

by Robert H. Bremner
     
 

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

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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:
9780674116146
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
12/01/1974
Series:
Children and Youth in America Series
Pages:
2102
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.07(h) x 3.68(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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