The Newberry Seminar in the History of American Culture, co-sponsored with
the American Studies Program at Purdue University present:
"The Creation of Modern Childhood: American Socialization and the Crisis of
the New Republic."
James Block, History, DePaul University
Friday, October 26, 2001 3:30-5PM
With independence from England, Americans in the early Republic faced an
institutional vacuum compounded by the
dangers of a pervasive rhetoric of individual liberty. As a result, a wide
spectrum of cultural leaders turned to the
project of socializing and educating the young in order to secure social
order. Initiating a vast cultural campaign
through the outpouring of child-rearing, adolescent self-help, and
educational literature, this movement reshaped
childhood and parenting, thereby constructing what was arguably the process
of 'coming of age' in its modern form.
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Scholl Center for Family and Community History
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610
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