Book Release: Jackson Shapers of American Childhood

Shapers of American Childhood

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

Edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson & Mark I. West

286 pages $45 softcover (6×9) 2018
Notes, bibliographies, index
ISBN 978-1-4766-6455-2 Ebook ISBN 978-1-4766-3406-7

The experience of growing up in the U.S. is shaped by many 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. These 18 new essays examine 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, Barbie’s inventor, and Ernest Thompson Seton, founder of the Boy Scouts of America.

Kathy Merlock Jackson, a Virginia Wesleyan University professor of communication, teaches media studies and children’s culture. She is the author of eight books and the former editor of The Journal of American Culture. She is an officer in the Popular 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.

Dr. Michelle Martin has an essay on Augusta Baker in this collection.

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