The books on this list only deal with American history in the twentieth century.  There are two general histories and several books on the history of childhood, youth, and the family.  They are on three day reserve in Paley Library and should be used as background material for your interviewing project and paper.


Paul Boyer.  Promises to Keep: The United States Since World War II (1995)
William Chafe.  The Unfinished Journey: America Since World War II second edition (1991)

Childhood, Youth and the Family

LeRoy Ashby.  Endangered Children: Dependency, Neglect, and Abuse in American History (1997)
Beth Bailey. From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth Century America (1988)
Stephanie Coontz. The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap (1992)
Howard Chudacoff.  How Old Are You: Age Consciousness in American Culture (1989)
W. Norton Grubb & Marvin Lazerson. Broken Promises: How Americans Fail Their Children (1982/1988)
Joseph M. Hawes. Children Between the Wars: American Childhood, 1920-1940 (1997)
Joseph F. Kett.  Rites of Passage: Adolescence in America, 1790 to the Present (1977)
Elaine Tyler May.  Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War (1988)
John Modell.  Into One's Own: From Youth to Adulthood in the United States, 1920-1975 ( 1989)
Jeffrey P. Moran.  Teaching Sex: The Shaping of Adolescence in the 20th Century (2000)
Gail S. Murray. American Children's Literature and the Construction of Childhood (1998)
David W. Nasaw. Children of the City, at Work and at Play (1985)
Elizabeth Pleck. Celebrating the Family: Ethnicity, Consumer Culture and Family Rituals (2000)
William M. Tuttle, Jr. Daddy's Gone to War: The Second World War in the Lives of America's Children (1993)