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Child Protection From the Colonial Period to 1875

John E. B. Myers

in Child Protection in America: Past, Present, and Future

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195169355
eISBN:
9780199893348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195169355.003.0001
Subject:
Social Work, Children and Families, Crime and Justice

This chapter describes the era before organized child protection, which began in 1875. Prior to that date, many abused and neglected children went without protection, although there was never a time ... More


Fields of Free Labor: Child Rescue and Sectional Crisis

Betsy Wood

in Upon the Altar of Work: Child Labor and the Rise of a New American Sectionalism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780252043444
eISBN:
9780252052323
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252043444.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter establishes the centrality of free labor ideology to Northern reform activity regarding children and their labor prior to the Civil War as exemplified by the Children’s Aid Society and ... More


The Limits of Nurture: Louisa May Alcott’s Adoption Fiction

Carol J. Singley

in Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780199779390
eISBN:
9780199895106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199779390.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 19th Century Literature

Louisa May Alcott’s tales of adoption reflect her feminism as well her interest in reform. These fictional representations of children in naturalized and denaturalized families reveal ongoing ... More


Johnny Morrow and the Dangerous Classes

Vincent DiGirolamo

in Crying the News: A History of America's Newsboys

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780195320251
eISBN:
9780190933258
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195320251.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Poor people of all ages and races peddled papers to eke out a living during the hard times of the 1850s. Vast numbers of children in New York slept on the streets, scrounged for food, and washed at ... More


Why The Children’s Aid Society Is Involved in This Work

Philip Coltoff

in Community Schools in Action: Lessons from a Decade of Practice

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195169591
eISBN:
9780197562178
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195169591.003.0009
Subject:
Education, Schools Studies

The Children’s Aid Society (CAS), founded in 1853, is one of the largest and oldest child and family social-welfare agencies in the country. It serves 150,000 children and families through a ... More


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