Poor and Working Children in the United States, 1880-1939

History 24

Spring 2016
Day & Time: 
W 1100-1200

In this seminar we will examine the problem of child labor and child poverty in the United States through texts, photographs and autobiographies. Students who have read Katherine Boo's book on child poverty in India in the present day may find comparisons to the historical experience of the United States revealing and eye-opening. I am eager to have students in class who have read Katherine Boo's Behind the Beautiful Forevers.

Paula S. Fass is Professor of the Graduate School and Margaret Byrne Professor of History Emerita, University of California at Berkeley.  She has been at Berkeley for over 40 years, teaching a variety of courses in American social and cultural history, including courses on the history of childhood. She was the President of the Society of the History of Children and Youth from 2007-2009.   Her many books include Children of a New World:  Society, Culture, and Globalization (2007); Kidnapped: Child Abduction in America (1997); Outside In: Minorities and the Transformation of American Education (1989); The Damned and the Beautiful: American Youth in the 1920s (1977).  She is the editor, most recently of Reinventing Childhood After World War II (2011)with Michael Grossberg and The Routledge History of Childhood in the Western World  (2013).  She is currently completing The End of American Childhood  to be published in 2016.