Children and Youth in a New Nation
Edited by James Marten
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Children and Youth in a New Nation by James Marten
Book DescriptionIn the early years of the Republic, as Americans tried to determine what it meant to be an American, they also wondered what it meant to be an American child. A defensive, even fearful, approach to childhood gave way to a more optimistic campaign to integrate young Americans into the Republican experiment. In Children and Youth in a New Nation, historians unearth the experiences of and attitudes about children and youth during the decades following the American Revolution. Beginning with the revolution itself, the contributors explore a broad range of topics, from the ways in which American children and youth participated in and learned from the revolt and its aftermaths, to developing notions of "ideal" childhoods as they were imagined by new religious denominations and competing ethnic groups, to the struggle by educators over how the society that came out of the Revolution could best be served by its educational systems. The volume concludes by foreshadowing future "child-saving" efforts by reformers committed to constructing adequate systems of public health and child welfare institutions. Rooted in the historical literature and primary sources, Children and Youth in a New Nation is a key resource in our understanding of origins of modern ideas about children and youth and the conflation of national purpose and ideas related to child development.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780814757499
(5830mm x 3895mm x 18mm)
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author James Marten
Children and Youth During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, Paperback (September 2014)
After the Civil War, urbanization, industrialization, and immigration marked the start of the Gilded Age, a period of rapid economic growth but also social upheaval. This book includes essays, which foreground the role that youth played in exerting agency over their own lives and in contesting the policies that sought to protect and control them.
Children and Youth During the Civil War Era, Paperback (January 2012)
Places the history of children and youth in the context of the Civil War
Cultural History of Childhood and Family, Hardback (July 2010)» View all books by James Marten
An authoritative history of the subject in a 6 volume series. The volumes cover Antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Early Modern Age, the Enlightenment, the Age of Empire, and the Modern Age.
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Author Biography - James Marten
James Marten is Professor and Chair of the History Department at Marquette University. He is author or editor of more than a dozen books including The Children's Civil War and four NYU Press books: Children and War: A Historical Anthology; Children in Colonial America; Children and Youth in a New Nation; and Children and Youth during the Civil War Era.
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