Children and Youth in American History

History 103D.003

Spring 2006
Section: 
Instructor (text): 
Fass
Location: 
214 Haviland
Day & Time: 
Tu 2-4
CCN: 
Units: 
Units

This course will introduce students to the growing literature on the experience of childhood and youth in the United States from the colonial period to the present. Among the matters to be examined are the role of work, schooling, gender, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, and race in the lives of children. We will also examine how the definitions of a proper childhood have changed over time and its consequences for the lives of children. Readings include work by contemporary American historians on the history of childhood. Requirements include two short written texts and a longer historiographical essay.