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The Failed Century of the Child: Governing America's Young in the Twentieth Century Stated First Edition Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0521828789
ISBN-10: 0521828783
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"The Failed Century of the Child is a meticulously researched and thoughtful critique...[it] reflects the author's expansive breadth of knowledge in public policy history. While most of her interpretations are consistent with existing scholarship, Sealander's study offers new insights and is among the first to provide an in-depth examination and synthesis of child welfare policy for the entire twentieth century." H-Net

"[A] passionate critique of the inadequate, contradictory, even fraudulent public policies that characterized many federal and state social welfare prgrams in the 20th century.... [A]n important, thoughtful, and provocative contribution to the histories of childhood and social work. Highly recommended." Choice

"...a must read for students of policy and childhood alike." History: Review of New Books

"...the book presents real insight [and] a fascinating, detailed history of the major public policies affecting children during the past century." Children and Youth Services Review

"By combining a tightly written text with extensive notes that enrich and bolster arguement...[Sealander] balances clarity with considerable nuance and complexity. The writing is lively, with a sharp edge and entertaining anecdotes... this book will make readers think. It deserves three hearty cheers." The Journal of American History

"Judith Sealander's book is an awe-inspiring synthesis of research on state responses to child welfare in the twentieth century. Often challenging conventional wisdom, the book offers a dauntingly original take on many child welfare policies. As a historical account of child welfare policy in the twentieth century it is superb. Hers is a work that is meant to be of use. Sealander's book is one of the finest works of historical scholarship in the service of public policy that I have read."
Julia Grant, Michigan State University, American Historical Review

Book Description

Between 1900 and 2000 an unprecedented American effort to use state regulation to guarantee health, opportunity, and security to the country's children failed to reach its goals. The achievements envisioned were enormously ambitious and reflected entrenched but self-contradictory values and Americans' inconsistent expectations of government. As such, a "failed" century deserves a mixture of rebuke and cautious admiration.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 386 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Stated First Edition edition (October 27, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521828783
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521828789
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 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: #5,749,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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