Childhood and Child Welfare in the Progressive Era A Brief History with Documents

ISBN-10: 0312404212

ISBN-13: 9780312404215

Edition: 2004

Authors: James Marten

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Childhood and Child Welfare in the Progressive Eraexamines a central focus for reform efforts between 1870 and 1930: children. Progressive-era reformers, holding the middle-class childhood as ideal, found the lives of poor urban children especially troubling. Using the methods of the social sciences, they studied this population and sought government action to remedy what they saw as poor children’s deprivations. In this volume, James Marten first introduces these issues and then presents a collection of documents and images from books, social surveys, and social work journals that describe the conditions of urban children, track the development of “a right to childhood,” and explain programs to improve children’s health, promote juvenile justice, and prevent child labor. A final section presents children’s experiences in their own words, as they reflect on the perils and fun of their young lives. Document headnotes, a chronology, questions for consideration, and a selected bibliography help contemporary students understand why the Progressive era was so crucial in the development of ideas about the nature of childhood and government’s responsibility for child welfare.
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List price: $17.99
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Bedford/Saint Martin's
Publication date: 11/3/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Introduction: The Child in the City
Toward an Ideal Childhood
How the Other Half Lives
A Right to Childhood
Cultures of Children and Youth
The Documents
The "Dangerous Classes"
Changing Attitudes Toward Urban Children, 1872-1909
The Dangerous Classes of New York, and Twenty Years' Work Among Them, 1872
How the Other Half Lives, 1890
The Spirit of Youth and the City Streets, 1909
Studies of City Boys and Girls
The Social Evil in Chicago: Study of Existing Conditions with Recommendations, 1911
The Negro in Chicago: A Study of Race Relations and a Race Riot, 1922
The City Boy and His Problems: A Survey of Boy Life in Los Angeles, 1926
Studies of Children at Work
Children on the Streets of Cincinnati, 1908
Industrial Home Work of Children, 1922
"We are Devouring the Boys and Girls": The Campaign Against Child Labor
The Machines, 1902
The Story of My Cotton Dress, August 1913
Images of Children at Work, 1908-1921
A Right to Childhood
The Nurture and Protection of Children
The Right View of the Child, April 25, 1908
Case Studies of Progressive Reform
The City of Hawthorne, November 4, 1905
The School of Outdoor Life for Tuberculous Children, December 19, 1909
Little Mothers of Tomorrow, October 1917
The School as A Social Settlement
Schools of To-Morrow 1915
Juvenile Justice
The Dangerous Life, 1931
The Chicago Juvenile Court, 1922
"The Day of the Child has Come": The Chicago Child Welfare Exhibit, 1911
Introductory Remarks, 1911
Chicago Child Welfare Exhibit, Team Work for City Boys, 1911
Chicago Child Welfare Exhibit, Child Health and Welfare, 1911
Images from the Chicago Child Welfare Exhibit, 1911
The Spirit of Youth
The Newsboys' World
"Stick!" The Newsboys' World, March 1916
"Lest We Forget," The Newsboys' World, January 1921
"What Is Required of the Ideal Successful Newsboy?" The Newsboys' World, April 1927
Delinquent Childhoods
"Tantine's Story," from The Social Evil in Chicago: Study of Existing Conditions with Recommendations, 1911
The Jack-Roller: A Delinquent Boy's Own Story, 1930
Remembered Childhoods
My Life, 1975
Josephine, 1976
The Big Sea, An Autobiography, 1940
Chronology of Child Welfare Reforms in the Progressive Era (1853-1938)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography
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