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Little Strangers: Portrayals of Adoption and Foster Care in America, 1850-1929 Hardcover – May 13, 2003

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"Nelson's study of the growth of sentimental adoption... is based on thorough research in primary and secondary historical sources... and provides a deep reading of representations of adoption and foster care from 'orphan fiction' and stories in women's magazines.... This study will appeal to anyone intereted in the history of adoption, social welfare, juvenile literture, and childhood and family. Recommended." —Choice


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Winner of the Children's Literature Association 2005 Award for Best Scholarly Book.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press (May 13, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253342244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253342249
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,294,496 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nelson is the typical academic without the ability to step outside the 'ivory tower' on social issues or iconic adoption history and she can't write. She has learned to 'think to order' on social issues. One of the starting points of adoption history could be: that the first child abuse case taken to court in the U.S. involved an adoptee. In New York City, in 1874 the humane society took adoptive parents to court for beating their adopted daughter and chaining her to a bed all day. Nelson doesn't mention this case. Adoption was scandal ridden for all of the twentieth century. Nelson ignores this part of adoption history and practice. This book is unformative and poorly written. Nelson is an academic 'know nothing.' She cites numerous other academic writers, companions in conformity, no doubt. This book is beyond useless.
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