The Failed Century of the Child: Governing America's Young in the Twentieth Century

The Failed Century of the Child: Governing America's Young in the Twentieth Century

by Judith Sealander
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521828783

ISBN-13: 9780521828789

Pub. Date: 10/27/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Between 1900 and 2000 an unprecedented effort to use state regulation to guarantee health, opportunity, and security to America's children failed to reach its goals. This account of the period reveals that the achievements envisioned were extremely ambitious and reflected entrenched, but self-contradictory, values as well as Americans' inconsistent expectations of

Overview

Between 1900 and 2000 an unprecedented effort to use state regulation to guarantee health, opportunity, and security to America's children failed to reach its goals. This account of the period reveals that the achievements envisioned were extremely ambitious and reflected entrenched, but self-contradictory, values as well as Americans' inconsistent expectations of government. Based on extensive research, the volume analyzes the period's public policies that affected children's welfare, work, education, and health.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521828789
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/27/2003
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Children's Welfare: 1. Juvenile justice: from 'child saving' to 'public accountability'; 2. 'The Pontius Pilate' routine: government responses to child abuse; 3. 'Illusory promises': state aid to poor children; Part II. Children's Work: 4. 'Inducting into adulthood': state reactions to the labor of children and adolescents; Part III. Children's Education: 5. 'Laying down principles in the dark': the consequences of compulsory secondary education; 6. The return of the infant school: twentieth century preschool education; 7. Public education of disabled children: 'rewriting one of the saddest chapters'; Part IV. Children's Health: 8. 'Shaped up' by the state: government attempts to improve children's diets, exercise regimes, and physical fitness; 9. Mandatory medicine: twentieth century childhood immunization.

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