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The History of American Childhood

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

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