Childhood in America

ISBN-10: 0814726933

ISBN-13: 9780814726938

Edition: 2000

Authors: Paula S. Fass, Mary Ann Mason

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Free Teacher's Guide available for Childhood in America! Childhood in America is a unique compendium of sources on American childhood that has many options for classroom adoptions and can be tailored to individual course needs. Because the subject of childhood is both relatively new on campuses and now widely recognized as vital to a range of specialties, the editors have prepared a Teacher's Guide to assist you in making selections appropriate for your courses. "Parents, teachers, students, and scholars alike will welcome this fascinating and richly diverse collection of sources and reflections pertaining to the experiences of children and childhood over the past four centuries. The challenge of reconstructing the history of American childhood will be greatly enhanced and encouraged by this collection." -Philip Greven, author ofSpare the Child "The many faces of childhood as seen through the eyes of historians, novelists, humorists, psychologists, legal scholars, and the like come alive in this remarkable collection of new and familiar writing. A treasure house of original sources that comes at a time when children finally have our attention, and a very important contribution to understanding and safeguarding our future and theirs. Highly recommended." -Judith Wallerstein, Ph.D., author ofThe Good Marriage: How & Why Love Lasts "Childhood in America undertakes a significant and timely task: it documents how radically concepts of childhood have changed over the course of history. By bringing us the voices of parents, "experts" and the young from the 17th century to the present, this book helps us to confront the problems of our own era free of mistaken assumptions about childhood in past times." -Arlene Skolnick, author ofEmbattled Paradise: The American Family in an Age of Uncertainty "At a time when children increasingly enter our thinking about everything from sexuality and rights of privacy to social welfare and commercialization, we need perspective on childhood in all its guises. This anthology, so wide-ranging and full of surprises, gives us that insight and understanding." -Gary Cross, author ofKids' Stuff: Toys and the Changing World of American Childhood Collecting a vast array of selections from past and present- from colonial ministers to Drs. Benjamin Spock and T. Berry Brazelton, from the poems of Anne Bradstreet to the writings of today's young people-Childhood in Americabrings to light the central issues surrounding American children. Eleven sections on childbirth through adolescence explore a cornucopia of issues, and each section has been carefully selected and introduced by the editors.
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List price: $27.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 1/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 725
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.838
Language: English

Paula S. Fass is the Margaret Byrne Professor History at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the author of Kidnapped: Child Abduction in America, Outside In: Minorities and the Transformation of American Education, and The Damned and the Beautiful: American Youth in the 1920s. She is the editor of The Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society and (with Mary Ann Mason) Childhood in America (available from NYU Press).

Introduction: Childhood in America: Past and Present
Before the Birth of One of Her Children
Women as Childbearers, 1650-1750
Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America
Mothers' Sacred Duty: Breast-Feeding Patterns among Middle- and Upper-Class Women in the Antebellum South
Reconstructing Motherhood: The La Leche League in Postwar America
Amazing Births: Medical History in "Miracle" Births
Woman Gives Birth to Baby Conceived outside the Body
The Eggs, Embryos, and I
The Egg Women
Choosing Childlessness
Thoughts on Child Rearing
The Use of Reason in Child Rearing
The Cry
Too Much Mother Love
The Mother-Child Dyad Revisited: Perceptions of Mothers and Children in Twentieth-Century Child-Rearing Manuals
Child Science and the Rise of the Experts
The Construction of Reality in the Child
Understanding the Infant
Mothers and Fathers Working and Rearing Children
In Reference to Her Children, 23 June, 1659
Breeching Little Ffrank
Suits and Frocks
American Girlhood in the Nineteenth Century
Nineteenth-Century Boys' Literature
Briar Rose
Little Women
Nancy Drew and the Secret of the Old Clock
The Sexual Life of the Child
Feminine Psychology
Male and Female: Sex and Temperament
Infantile Sexuality
Moral Reasoning in Girls and Boys
How Schools Shortchange Girls
Courtship and Gender Differences
Children's Voices from the Civil War
Adolescence in Historical Perspective
The Physiology and Psychology of Adolescence
Compulsory Schooling and Parent-Adolescent Relations
The Natural History of the Gang
Adolescent Girls in Samoa and America
Identity, Youth, and Crisis
Anorexia Nervosa in the 1980s
Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls
Families Started by Teenagers
Why the Young Kill
The Member of the Wedding
Manchild in the Promised Land
Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story
Adulthood? Later, Dude!
Family Life in Plymouth Colony
Protecting Children from Abusing Masters
Inculcating Self-Discipline
Introducing Children into the Social Order
A Milder and Warmer Family Government
Learning Self-Control
The Life of a Slave Child
Managing Young Children
Corporal Punishment
Cracking Down on Kids
Fathers/Masters: Children/Servants
Children's Involuntary Labor
Apprentices, Servants, and Child Labor
Children and Manufactures
Choosing a Trade
Children in the Mills
Children at Work in the City
A Child Worker in the Garment Industry
The Changing Social Value of Children
Coming of Age in Mississippi
Children and the New Deal
American Children in the Second World War
Child Labor and the Law
Working Children in Contemporary Chinatown
Education and the Concept of Childhood
Family Instruction in Early Massachusetts
A Puritan Education
Moral Education for Citizenship
The Education of Mary Anna Longstreth
Tom Sawyer's Examination Day
The Child and the Curriculum
Testing the IQ of Children
For the Love of Books
School Desegregation
Education in the Post-Sputnik Era
Children of Crisis
Hunger of Memory: The Education of Richard Rodriguez
The Quest for Clarity
Children and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
Mother's Little Helper: Ritalin and Attention Deficit Disorder
Kidnapping and White Servitude
Orphans' Court
Abraham Lincoln and Sarah Bush Lincoln
A Childhood in Slavery
Placing Orphan Children with Farm Families
Huckleberry Finn
Shadow of the Plantation: Separation and Adoption
Surviving the Breakup: How Children Respond to Divorce
Solomon's Children: The New Biologism, Psychological Parenthood, Attachment Theory, and the Best Interests Standard
Fit to Be a Parent?
Lesbian Parents in Custody Disputes
Surrogacy and Child Custody
Teenage Voices from Foster Care
Foster Care and the Politics of Compassion
Orphanage Revival Gains Ground
Waifs of the City's Slums
Preserving the Home
The Mothers' Aid Movement
Infant Mortality
"Welcome to Willowbrook"
Kidnapping in Contemporary America
The Last Frontier in Child Abuse
By Silence Betrayed: The Sexual Abuse of Children in America
Miscounting Social Ills
Psychiatric Hospitals for Juveniles?
Couple Held in Beating of Daughter
A Glimpse into a Hell for Helpless Infants
An Infant's Death, an Ancient "Why?"
Media Violence and Children
A Teenage Voice from Foster Care
The Turn of the Screw
Child-Loving: The Erotic Child and Victorian Culture
Polymorphous Perversity
Delinquent Daughters: The Age-of-Consent Campaign
Coming of Age in Samoa
Preadolescent Sexuality
The Disappearance of Childhood: The Total Disclosure Medium
The Assault on Truth: Freud's Suppression of the Seduction Theory
The Unraveling of a Monstrous Secret
On Prison Computer, Files to Make Parents Shiver
The Politics of Parental Notification
The Family in the Social Order
The Child-Saving Movement
The Progressive-Era Transformation of Child Protection, 1900-1920
The State as Superparent
The Children's Bureau
The Establishment of Juvenile Courts
Juvenile Court and the Artistry of Approach
The Children's Charter
The First Amendment in School
Juveniles' Right to Due Process
Punishing Very Young Criminals
Vote for Eighteen-Year-Olds: What Justices Said on Both Sides
The Right to Vote
Now That the Voting Age Is Lower ...
Mental Health and the Rights of the Child
Visitation Rights
A Voice for the Child?
United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Material Culture of Early Childhood: The Upright Child
My Life in the South
A Russian Jewish Girlhood on the Lower East Side
Quiet Odyssey: A Pioneer Korean Woman in America
Call It Sleep
Young Lonigan
Growing Up Native American: The Language We Know
Down These Mean Streets
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
China Boy
Talking to High Monks in the Snow: An Asian American Odyssey
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Days Gone By
The Wizard of Oz
Anne of Green Gables
The Sneetches
American Children and Their Books
Children in Fiction and Fact
Kids' Stuff: Toys and the Changing World of American Childhood
What Makes Nick Tick: Nickelodeon Is a Sensibility, a World, an All-Empowering Club. It's CNN for Children
Children's Literary Voices
About the Editors
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