Mintz, Ch. 7 & 8

1. Was growing up in America more or less the same for all children in nineteenth century? If you think that it was, what were the major similarities? If you think that it was not, what were the major differences?

2. When and how did a child or youth become an adult in nineteenth century America? Was the transition to adulthood gradual or abrupt? Explain.

3. What steps did Americans take in the early nineteenth century to help children whose parents were not able to care for them properly? Did these steps remain the same or change as the century progressed? Be specific.

4. Who were the "child savers," which children were they trying to save, and what were they trying to save them from?


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