Minding the Children: Childcare in America from Colonial Times to the Present

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Beyond childcare theories and early childhood gurus, here is how children have actually been raised in America over the last four centuries. From wet nurses and Southern mammys, settlement houses and orphan trains, to rigid British nannies, foster care, and the modern two-worker family, Geraldine Youcha's delightful book paints a wide-ranging picture of American childhood. In this updated paperback edition a lively new chapter brings the story through current childcare wars and present economic realities. All in ...

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Overview

Beyond childcare theories and early childhood gurus, here is how children have actually been raised in America over the last four centuries. From wet nurses and Southern mammys, settlement houses and orphan trains, to rigid British nannies, foster care, and the modern two-worker family, Geraldine Youcha's delightful book paints a wide-ranging picture of American childhood. In this updated paperback edition a lively new chapter brings the story through current childcare wars and present economic realities. All in all, it is a reassuring picture, for despite a bewildering array of different styles and fads, children have survived and often thrived. While there are some harsh lessons to be learned here, there is also plenty to lend optimism and help anxious parents relax.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738209722
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/16/2005
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 444
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Geraldine Youcha, who writes widely on health, women's issues, and childcare, is author of Women and Alcohol and co-author of Children of Alcoholism. She lives in upstate New York.

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Table of Contents

1 Apprenticeship : young children in a young nation 17
2 The mammy, the nurse, and the planter's wife 45
3 Utopia, U.S.A. : the nineteenth-century vision 67
4 The new immigrants 115
5 The rich and not so rich between the wars 211
6 Borrowed mothers : foster care in the Depression 275
7 Rosie the Riveter and her sisters 307
8 Child care revisited in the twenty-first century 336
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