ICS Fellow Lectures
Re-Inventing American Childhood: How did the nineteenth century heart of the home become the twentieth century child of the state?
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Professor Sealander outlines the major subject of 1 her current book-in-progress: state efforts to regulate children's work, education, health, and welfare. She demonstrates how a byzantine welter of laws and policies transformed the attitudes about children that Americans were supposed to support. Asking ''What have been the consequences of a twentieth century public reinvention of childhood," she suggests that by end of the twentieth century, coming of age had become a public ritual. It was and is one frequently in conflict with an earlier nineteenth century rhetoric that • glorified families, increased the responsibilities of mothers, and sentimentalized children as the heart of the home.
Sealander, Judith, "Re-Inventing American Childhood: How did the nineteenth century heart of the home become the twentieth century child of the state?" (1999). ICS Fellow Lectures. 33.