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Children in the House: The Material Culture of Early Childhood, 1600-1900 Paperback – January, 1994

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"[An] exploration of an overly neglected aspect of American history." -- Philip Greven, New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Northeastern (January 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155553189X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555531898
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,336,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It might be offputting to general readers to say that Calvert's study of childhood is a seminal work in "material culture" (study of historical artifacts to interpret culture) studies and childhood history, but this is not full of boring academic jargon. Calvert looks at children's furniture and toys, and how kids are portrayed in portraits and photos, to explain changes in childrearing beliefs and practices. As a historian of childhood and costume I disagree with some points, but find most of Calvert's analysis accurate and all of it thought-provoking.
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