9780738209722

Minding the Children: Child Care in America from Colonial Times to the Present

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  • ISBN13:

    9780738209722

  • ISBN10:

    0738209724

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-01-01
  • Publisher: Da Capo Pr

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Summary

Beyond childcare theories and early childhood gurus, here is how children have actually been raised in America over the last four centuries. From wet nurses and Southern mammys, settlement houses and orphan trains, to rigid British nannies, foster care, and the modern two-worker family, Geraldine Youcha's delightful book paints a wide-ranging picture of American childhood. In this updated paperback edition a lively new chapter brings the story through current childcare wars and present economic realities. All in all, it is a reassuring picture, for despite a bewildering array of different styles and fads, children have survived and often thrived. While there are some harsh lessons to be learned here, there is also plenty to lend optimism and help anxious parents relax.

Author Biography

Geraldine Youcha, who writes widely on health, women's issues, and childcare, is author of Women and Alcohol and co-author of Children of Alcoholism. She lives in upstate New York.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11(2)
Preface 13(4)
Apprenticeship: Young Children in a Young Nation
17(28)
The Mammy, the Nurse, and the Planter's Wife
45(22)
Utopia, U.S.A.: The Nineteenth-Century Vision
67(48)
The Shakers
70(23)
The Oneida Community
93(22)
The New Immigrants
115(96)
Working Mothers, Working Children
115(18)
The Settlement House Solution
133(19)
The Extended Family: Jews, Italians, Blacks
152(18)
The Ideal Institution
170(23)
Placing Out: The Orphan Trains
193(18)
The Rich and Not So Rich Between the Wars
211(64)
Boarding Schools, Convents, and Other Live-In Arrangements
211(32)
Nannies
243(21)
Maids and Other Helpers
264(11)
Borrowed Mothers: Foster Care in the Depression
275(32)
Rosie the Riveter and Her Sisters
307(29)
Child Care Revisited in the Twenty-First Century
336(29)
Notes 365(24)
Bibliography 389(20)
Index 409

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