Spring 2018 catalog cover

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American Children Through Their Books, 1700-1835

Monica Kiefer. Foreword by Dorothy Canfield Fisher

264 pages | 6 x 9 | 11 illus.
Cloth 1948 | ISBN 9781512812633 | Buy from De Gruyter $79.95 | €69.95 | £70.50
Ebook 2017 | ISBN 9781512817331 | Buy from De Gruyter $79.95 | €69.95 | £70.50
This book is available under special arrangement from our European publishing partner De Gruyter.
An Anniversary Collection volume

The status of American children at the beginning of the eighteenth century was so insignificant that writers apologized for wasting their talents on the subject and physicians seldom condescended to prescribe for them. the Changing attitude toward the child since then, however, can be classed as one of the great revolutions of history.

In this volume Monica Kiefer traces the development of various phases of child life, including religion, manners and morals, education, health and recreation, through an analysis of children's books from 1700 to 1835, which year marked the beginning of a trend fostering a view of life more benign and worldly than the previous era of extreme pietism.

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