• List Price: $24.95
  • Save: $3.28 (13%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Used: Good | Details
Sold by apex_media
Condition: Used: Good
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Building Character in the American Boy: The Boy Scouts, YMCA, and Their Forerunners, 1870-1920 Paperback – November 28, 2004

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
"Please retry"
$18.07 $8.89


Holiday Deals in Books
Holiday Deals in Books
Find deals for every reader in the Holiday Deals in Books store, featuring savings of up to 50% on cookbooks, children's books, literature & fiction, and more.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press; 1 edition (November 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0299094049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0299094041
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,451,254 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"A social history that goes well beyond its immediate subject to be a contribution to our understanding of turn-of-the-century education, male sex roles, and middle-class development."—American Journal of Education

“Far more than a narrow description of boys' work agencies from 1870-1920, this book illuminates, with rich, carefully hewn detail, important features of the social, structural, and cultural landscape of that era.  .  .  .  Scholars with an interest in character and social structure will find much of value in this book.”—John F. Stolte, Sociology and Social Research

From the Publisher

First paperback edition

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Terry Grogan on March 20, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
What I enjoyed most about this book is that it gives the real history of the early years of Boy Scouting - i.e., it includes both the "good" amd the "not so good" details. For example, I had long been interested to learn why Thomas-Seton left the BSA for about 10 years before coming back in the 1920's. Well this books explains it all very nicely. It also describes the powerful impact that James E. West had in forming the BSA as an organization, along with numerous other little known insights. I highly recommend it for anyone who loves Scouting and wants to learn more about it's early years and the men who contributed to giving us this worthwhile organization that is today too often just take for granted.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Theseus on March 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The University of Wisconsin 1983 1st edition in hardback. Cloth over hardback boards with a sewn binding.


Statistical Tables

Part I: Anxious Adults
1. Growing Up: Boyhood, Social Class, and Social Change
2. Character Building

Part II: 19th Century Beginnings: Early Forms of Boys' Work
3. Keeping Lower Class Boys off the Street: The Mass Boys' Clubs
4. The Start of YMCA
5. Forerunners of Scouting: Temperance Orders and the Boys' Brigades

Part III: Reorientation and New Forms of Organization: 1900-1920
6. Adolescence and Gang-Age Boyhood
7. YMCA Boys' Work
8. The Invention of Boy Scouting
9. Expansion of Boy Scouts of America

Part IV: Winning Public Favor
10. Boyhood, God, and Country
11. Winning Institutional Support
12. Recruiting a "Fine Lot of Lads"

Part V: Character Building in Practice
13. Camping: An Organized Setting for the New Boyhood
14. Adult Instruction
15. Group Experience, Membership Turnover, and Age Stratification


80 pp of bibliographic information (End Notes)

Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again