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Children and Youth During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era
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Children and Youth During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

James Marten


In the decades after the Civil War, urbanization, industrialization, and immigration marked the start of the Gilded Age, a period of rapid economic growth but also social upheaval. Reformers responded to the social and economic chaos with a “search for order,” as famously described by historian Robert Wiebe. Most reformers agreed that one of the nation's top priorities should be its children and youth, who, they believed, suffered more from the disorder plaguing the rapidly growing nation than any other group. This book explores both nineteenth-century conditions that led Progressives to their ... More

Keywords: urbanization, industrialization, immigration, children, youth, educational reform, child labor laws, underage marriage, recreation, Gilded Age

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781479894147
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479894147.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Marten, editor