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Children and Youth During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era$
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James Marten

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479894147

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479894147.001.0001

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Model Schools and Field Days

Model Schools and Field Days

Colorado Fuel and Iron’s Construction of Education and Recreation for Children, 1901–1918

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Children and Youth During the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Fawn-Amber Montoya

NYU Press

This chapter examines the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company's use of educational and recreational programs to socialize children to become reliable workers as well as “good citizens” during the period 1901–1918. The dramatic growth of immigrant populations in the industrializing United States motivated Progressives to focus on “Americanization” programs that would educate women about health, food preparation, and parenting. The emphasis on Americanizing immigrants grew during the Gilded Age and was adopted by the Progressive reformers working for racial uplift. This chapter discusses the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company's Americanization of immigrant children by creating educational curriculum, establishing kindergartens and gardening programs, and sponsoring field days and sporting events.

Keywords:   immigrants, Colorado Fuel and Iron Company, Americanization, immigrant children, educational curriculum, kindergartens, gardening programs, field days, sporting events, recreation

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