This introductory chapter briefly charts the origins and history of the American child as a concept, and how this has been formulated during the years between 1840 and the American Revolution. Colonial Americans had certainly worried about their children, although they employed defensive, even fearful approaches to childhood and youth. All that changed after the Revolution to a more optimistic campaign to integrate young Americans into the republican experiment. Moreover, the development of what we would recognize as “modern” ideas about children and youth began during the period immediately following the American Revolution. As the forms and assumptions of the new nation sprang to life and evolved, certain ideas about childhood emerged.
NYU Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.
If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.
To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.