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Children's Nature: The Rise of the American Summer Camp (American History and Culture) Paperback – May 10, 2010

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Product Details

  • Series: American History and Culture
  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (May 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814767826
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814767825
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #647,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Using an impressive array of camp records, memoirs, social scientific literature, and, most entertainingly, children’s letters and diaries, Paris brings alive the experiences and motivations of the camp directors, parents, and campers.”
-Anthropological Quarterly


“Paris brings to life the wonder of summer camp. . . . This book will be of great value to those interested in recreation and leisure in Norht America, and it will delight those who have their own summer camp experiences. . . . Highly recommended.”


“Paris’s fine book on American summer camps nicely demonstrates how social and cultural historians can connect this autonomous world of children with the history of childhood.”
-American Journal of Play


“Fluently written, well researched, alert to the wider picture, this book is an important contribution.”
-American Historical Review


“A well-argued and impressively researched contribution to the field of the history of childhood.”
-Environmental History


About the Author

Leslie Paris is Associate Professor of History at the University of British Columbia.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joy Jenen on November 20, 2013
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I am currently writing a paper about my particular summer camp that I work at. This book has really helped me learn about how camps have grown and changed over the years. The author does a great job of using a lot of sources! I would recommend this book!

-Joy Jenen
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