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The Resource Huck's raft : a history of American childhood, Steven Mintz

Huck's raft : a history of American childhood, Steven Mintz

Label
Huck's raft : a history of American childhood
Title
Huck's raft
Title remainder
a history of American childhood
Statement of responsibility
Steven Mintz
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Publisher description: Like Huck's raft, the experience of American childhood has been both adventurous and terrifying. For more than three centuries, adults have agonized over raising children while children have followed their own paths to development and expression. Now, Steven Mintz gives us the first comprehensive history of American childhood encompassing both the child's and the adult's tumultuous early years of life. Underscoring diversity through time and across regions, Mintz traces the transformation of children from the sinful creatures perceived by Puritans to the productive workers of nineteenth-century farms and factories, from the cosseted cherubs of the Victorian era to the confident consumers of our own. He explores their role in revolutionary upheaval, westward expansion, industrial growth, wartime mobilization, and the modern welfare state. Revealing the harsh realities of children's lives through history--the rigors of physical labor, the fear of chronic ailments, the heartbreak of premature death--he also acknowledges the freedom children once possessed to discover their world as well as themselves. Whether at work or play, at home or school, the transition from childhood to adulthood has required generations of Americans to tackle tremendously difficult challenges. Today, adults impose ever-increasing demands on the young for self-discipline, cognitive development, and academic achievement, even as the influence of the mass media and consumer culture has grown. With a nod to the past, Mintz revisits an alternative to the goal-driven realities of contemporary childhood. An odyssey of psychological self-discovery and growth, this book suggests a vision of childhood that embraces risk and freedom--like the daring adventure on Huck's raft
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1953-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Mintz, Steven
Dewey number
305.23/0973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ792.U5
LC item number
M57 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Children
  • Child rearing
  • Children
  • United States
  • Child
  • Social Conditions
  • Child Rearing
  • History, Modern 1601-
  • Social Identification
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Huck's raft : a history of American childhood, Steven Mintz
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [387]-436) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Children of the covenant -- Red, white, and black in colonial America -- Sons and daughters of liberty -- Inventing the middle-class child -- Growing up in bondage -- Childhood battles of the Civil War -- Laboring children -- Save the child -- Children under the magnifying glass -- New to the promised land -- Revolt of modern youth -- Coming of age in the Great Depression -- Mobilizing children for World War II -- In pursuit of the perfect childhood -- Youthquake -- Parental panics and the reshaping of childhood -- The unfinished century of the child
Control code
54543387
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 445 pages
Isbn
9780674015081
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004042220
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Huck's raft : a history of American childhood, Steven Mintz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [387]-436) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Children of the covenant -- Red, white, and black in colonial America -- Sons and daughters of liberty -- Inventing the middle-class child -- Growing up in bondage -- Childhood battles of the Civil War -- Laboring children -- Save the child -- Children under the magnifying glass -- New to the promised land -- Revolt of modern youth -- Coming of age in the Great Depression -- Mobilizing children for World War II -- In pursuit of the perfect childhood -- Youthquake -- Parental panics and the reshaping of childhood -- The unfinished century of the child
Control code
54543387
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 445 pages
Isbn
9780674015081
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2004042220
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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