The History of American Childhood

Detail from the cover of 'Huck's Raft : A History of American Childhood'

hide captionDetail from the cover of 'Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood'

The story of American childhood varies by region, by race and ethnicity, and by class. One constant is each generation's fear that the the next will be spoiled, promiscuous and generally unfit.

A new history of American childhood concludes that young people are much more adaptable and capable than we believe and they've needed to be to survive disease, deprivation, unstable families and long hours of hard work.

Guest:

Steven Mintz, author, Huck's Raft: A History of American Childhood. John and Rebecca Moores professor of history at the University of Houston.

Books Featured In This Story

Huck's Raft
Huck's Raft

A History of American Childhood

by Steven Mintz

Hardcover, 445 pages | purchase

close

Purchase Featured Books

  • Huck's Raft
  • A History of American Childhood
  • Steven Mintz

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: