The End of American Childhood: A History of Parenting from Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child

The End of American Childhood A History of Parenting from Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child The End of American Childhood takes a sweeping look at the history of American childhood and parenting from the nation s founding to the present day Renowned historian Paula Fass shows how since the

  • Title: The End of American Childhood: A History of Parenting from Life on the Frontier to the Managed Child
  • Author: Paula S. Fass
  • ISBN: 9780691162577
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The End of American Childhood takes a sweeping look at the history of American childhood and parenting, from the nation s founding to the present day Renowned historian Paula Fass shows how, since the beginning of the American republic, independence, self definition, and individual success have informed Americans attitudes toward children But as parents today hover overThe End of American Childhood takes a sweeping look at the history of American childhood and parenting, from the nation s founding to the present day Renowned historian Paula Fass shows how, since the beginning of the American republic, independence, self definition, and individual success have informed Americans attitudes toward children But as parents today hover over every detail of their children s lives, are the qualities that once made American childhood special still desired or possible Placing the experiences of children and parents against the backdrop of social, political, and cultural shifts, Fass challenges Americans to reconnect with the beliefs that set the American understanding of childhood apart from the rest of the world.Fass examines how freer relationships between American children and parents transformed the national culture, altered generational relationships among immigrants, helped create a new science of child development, and promoted a revolution in modern schooling She looks at the childhoods of icons including Margaret Mead and Ulysses S Grant who, as an eleven year old, was in charge of his father s fields and explored his rural Ohio countryside Fass also features less well known children like ten year old Rose Cohen, who worked in the drudgery of nineteenth century factories Bringing readers into the present, Fass argues that current American conditions and policies have made adolescence socially irrelevant and altered children s road to maturity, while parental oversight threatens children s competence and initiative.Showing how American parenting has been firmly linked to historical changes, The End of American Childhood considers what implications this might hold for the nation s future.

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  • The peculiarities of American childhood among Western nations, Fass argues, have long been in place, since authoritarian control over children gave way very early to increased freedom even before the American Revolution. “Europeans often described American children as rude, unmannerly, and bold. Americans were eager also to see themselves as different—fresher, newer, younger.” Wide availability of land, the ability to move away from constraining relations, and lack of specific laws governi [...]


  • In some ways this is an in-depth narrative about how the idea of childhood has developed, from colonial days to the early 2000s. The best sections are about how progressives changed the concept of childhood, and how the development of the high school changed education and extended that childhood through adolescence. I personally felt she gave short shrift to the time periods from the 1960s on, and that she did not do much to explore how race, gender, or class may have changed the conversation, b [...]


  • Setting aside the hysterical title for a moment, this was essentially an academic analysis of parenting manuals and childhood memoirs from 1800 until the present day. And in the same way that Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother does not speak to every modern family, the parenting manuals of Dr. Spock or the photographs of Jacob Riis didn’t capture the whole of what childhood meant in their times. It’s clear that a complete picture of parent and child relations in any American era, encompassing a [...]


  • I'll be discussing this book with some teacher-friends soon. Hopefully I'll have time to jot down some thoughts after that.



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