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

Minding the Children

Child Care in America from Colonial Times to the Present

Paperback Published: 1st January 2005
ISBN: 9780738209722
Number Of Pages: 448

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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.

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"Demonstrates convincingly that whatever the dread of the moment - day-care centers, working Mums, low-paying part-time jobs, we've done it before and lived to talk about it". (Washington Post)"

Apprenticeship : young children in a young nationp. 17
The mammy, the nurse, and the planter's wifep. 45
Utopia, U.S.A. : the nineteenth-century visionp. 67
The new immigrantsp. 115
The rich and not so rich between the warsp. 211
Borrowed mothers : foster care in the Depressionp. 275
Rosie the Riveter and her sistersp. 307
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ISBN: 9780738209722
ISBN-10: 0738209724
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 1st January 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 15.39  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.55
Edition Number: 1