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Small Worlds: Children and Adolescents in America, 1850-1950 / Edition 1
     

Small Worlds: Children and Adolescents in America, 1850-1950 / Edition 1

by Elliott West, Paula Petrik
 

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ISBN-10: 0700605118

ISBN-13: 9780700605118

Pub. Date: 05/28/1992

Publisher: University Press of Kansas

"It is good to see writing and research about the history of children burst forth with the social diversity, imaginative research, and relevance to the present that are displayed in this collection. For too long, the lives of children have been merely an adjunct of family history; in this volume those lives become, as they should, the story of children themselves

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"It is good to see writing and research about the history of children burst forth with the social diversity, imaginative research, and relevance to the present that are displayed in this collection. For too long, the lives of children have been merely an adjunct of family history; in this volume those lives become, as they should, the story of children themselves examining and evaluating their parents and their teachers as well as their peers in various regions and social situations within the United States."—Carl N. Degler, author of At Odds: Women and the Family in America, from the Revolution to the Present

"The highly commendable purpose of Small Worlds is to portray the children of America's past as historical actors in their own right. In spite of the many difficulties presented by the scant historical evidence pertaining to children, the authors in this collection have constructed significant and original narratives relating vivid stories of forgotten younger citizens. Balanced and sensitive to issues of race, class, and gender, Small Worlds is an important and timely addition to the swelling volume of literature pertaining to the history of American children."—Joseph M. Hawes, author of The Children's Rights Movement in the United States

"This book represents a new and imaginative reconception of the American experience. . . . Especially noteworthy is the emphasis on material culture."—David M. Katzman, author of Seven Days a Week: Women and Domestic Service in Industrializing America

Author Biography: Elliott West is professor of history at the University of Arkansas and author of The Contested Plains: Indians, Goldseekers, and the Rush to Colorado, which won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Pen Center West Award, the Ray Allen Billington Prize, the Caughey Western History Prize, the Western Writers of America Spur Award, and the Caroline Bancroft Prize.

Paula Petrik is associate professor of history at the University of Maine and author of No Step Backward: Women and the Family on the Rocky Mountain Mining Frontier, Helena, Montana, 1865-1900.

Contributors: David Nasaw, Elliott West, Selma Berrol, Vicki L. Ruiz, Bernard Mergen, Miriam Formanek-Brunell, Paula Petrik, William M. Tuttle, Jr., Ray Hiner, Lester Alston, Victoria Bissell Brown, Robert L. Griswold, Ruth M. Alexander, Liahna Babener

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700605118
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
05/28/1992
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
1,239,179
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.34(h) x 1.21(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowlegments Introduction Part One: Allee Allee Oxen Free Cultural and Regional Variations 1. Children and Commercial Culture Moving Pictures in the Early Twentieth Century, David Nasaw 2. Children on the Plains Frontier, Elliott West 3. Immigrant Children at School, 1880-1940 A Child's Eye View, Selma Berrol 4. "Star Struck" Acculturation, Adolescence, and Mexican American Women, 1920-1950, Vicki L. Ruiz Part Two: Eenie Meanie, Minie Moe Children, Play, and Society 5. Made, Bought, and Stolen Toys and the Culture of Childhood, Bernard Mergen 6. Sugar and Spite The Politics of Doll Play in Nineteenth-Century America, Miriam Formanek-Brunell 7. The Youngest Fourth Estate The Novelty Toy Printing Press and Adolescence, 1870-1886, Paula Petrik 8. The Homefront Children's Popular Culture Radio, Movies, Comics--Adventure, Patriotism, and Sex-Typing, William M. Tuttle, Jr. Part Three: Seen but Not Heard Children in American Photographs Part Four: One, Two, Buckle My Shoe/Three, Four, Shut the Door Children and the Family 9. Children as Chattel, Lester Alston 10. Golden Girls Female Socilization amon the Middle Class of Los Angeles, 1880-1910, Victoria Bissell Brown 11. "Ties That Bind and Bonds That Break" Children's Attitudes toward Fathers, 1900-1930, Robert Griswold 12. "The Only Thing I Wanted Was Freedom" Wayward Girls in New York, 1900-1930, Ruth M. Alexander Part Five: Looking Backward Remembering Childhood 13. Bitter Nostalgia Recollections of Childhood on the Midwestern Frontier, Liahna Babener Notes The Contributors Index

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