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Childhood and Child Welfare in the Progressive Era

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Childhood and Child Welfare in the Progressive Era examines 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 childrens 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 childrens health, promote juvenile justice, and prevent child labor. A final section presents childrens 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 governments responsibility for child welfare.

About the Author

JAMES MARTEN (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin) is professor of history at Marquette University in Milwaukee, where he teaches courses on the Civil War and on children's history. He is the author of The Children's Civil War (1998), which was selected as an Outstanding Academic Book by Choice Magazine and chosen for the Jesuit National Book Award in 1999. He is also the editor of Children and War: An Historical Anthology (2002). He serves as director of the Children in Urban America Project, an NEH-funded online archive of documents related to the history of children in Milwaukee. Marten is a founding member and secretary-treasurer of the Society for the History of Children and Youth. In 1999 he was a Fulbright Lecturer at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, People's Republic of China.

Table of Contents

    Foreword

    Preface

    

PART ONE.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312404215
Subtitle:
A Brief History with Documents
Author:
Marten, James
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's Studies
Subject:
Child welfare
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
General History
Subject:
Child welfare -- United States -- History.
Subject:
City children -- United States.
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Bedford Series in History & Culture
Publication Date:
20041103
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.14 x 5.56 x 0.315 in

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