Shapers of American Childhood

Essays on Visionaries from L. Frank Baum to Dr. Spock to J.K. Rowling

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FALL 2018

Available on backorder

About the Book

The experience of growing up in the U.S. is shaped by myriad forces. Relationships with parents and teachers are deeply personal and definitive. Social and economic contexts are broader and harder to quantify.
Key individuals in public life have also had a marked impact on American childhood. This collection of new essays examines the influence of pivotal figures in the culture of 20th and 21st century childhood and child-rearing, from Benjamin Spock and Walt Disney to Ruth Handler, inventor of Barbie, and Ernest Thompson Seton, founder of the Boy Scouts.

About the Author(s)

Kathy Merlock Jackson is a professor of communication at Virginia Wesleyan College, where she teaches media studies and children’s culture. She is the editor of The Journal of American Culture and a former president of the American Culture Association.
Mark I. West is the chair of the English department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has written or edited a dozen books on children’s literature and culture and is a former president of the Children’s Literature Association.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson and Mark I. West
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2018
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6455-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3406-7
Imprint: McFarland