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Dependent States

Dependent States - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226734590

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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
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Dependent States - 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0226734590

SANCHEZ-EPPLER

ISBN13: 978-0226734590
ISBN10: 0226734595
Cover type:
Edition/Copyright: 05
Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Published: 2005
International: No
Summary

Because childhood is not only culturally but also legally and biologically understood as a period of dependency, it has been easy to dismiss children as historical actors. By putting children at the center of our thinking about American history, Karen Saacute;nchez-Eppler recognizes the important part childhood played in nineteenth-century American culture and what this involvement entailed for children themselves.Dependent States examines the ties between children's literacy training and the growing cultural prestige of the novel; the way children functioned rhetorically in reform literature to enforce social norms; the way the risks of death to children shored up emotional power in the home; how Sunday schools socialized children into racial, religious, and national identities; and how class identity was produced, not only in terms of work, but also in the way children played. For Saacute;nchez-Eppler, nineteenth-century childhoods were nothing less than vehicles for national reform. Dependent on adults for their care, children did not conform to the ideals of enfranchisement and agency that we usually associate with historical actors. Yet through meticulously researched examples, Saacute;nchez-Eppler reveals that children participated in the making of social meaning. Her focus on childhood as a dependent state thus offers a rewarding corrective to our notions of autonomous individualism and a new perspective on American culture itself.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction: The Child's Part in the Making of American CulturePart One: Childhood Fictions: Imagining Literacy and Literature1. The Writing of Childhood Childhood Reading from Primers to Novels The Lessons of Children's Diaries Childhood and Authority inOur NigHawthorne and the Mind of a ChildPart Two: The Child and the Making of Home: Questions of Love, Power, and the Market2. Temperance in the Bed of a Child Love and the Law Readers and Drinkers Restraint and Indulgence Submissive Daughters, Absent Women, and Effeminate Men 3. The Death of a Child and the Replication of an Image Keeping Loss in Drawers Full of Graves Emerson's Vain Clutching The Sentimental Surplus of Smitten HouseholdsPart Three: Rearing a Nation: Childhood and the Construction of Social Identity4. Playing at Class Newsboy Narratives ''We Must Have a Little Fun'' 5. Raising Empires Like Children Domestic Empires: Questioning the Boundaries of the Home Domestic Empires: Questioning the Boundaries of the Nation Coloring American Faith Little Angels and Little Heathens Domestic Savagery The Missionary at Home Coda: Of Children and Flags Bibliography Index
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