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Facing Life: Youth and the Family in American History


reviewed by Douglas Sloan 1972

coverTitle: Facing Life: Youth and the Family in American History
Author(s): Oscar Handlin, Mary F. Handlin
Publisher: Libraries Unlimited, Englewood
ISBN: , Pages: 326, Year: 1971
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To those interested in understanding the upheavals on the nation's campuses during the 1960s and the phenomena variously and loosely labeled "the conflict of generations," "the counterculture," and "the new student protest," the subject of this book by Oscar and Mary Handlin stirs great hopes. For, despite prodigious efforts by scholars and journalists, and the bookshelf clutter they have quickly managed to produce, we seem to remain almost as far as ever from reaching any firm conclusions about what the youth have really been up to. How new and different is the protest of modern youth? Does it, as with Edgar Friedenberg, Margaret Mead, John Seelye, and others, signal a cultural break and social transformation so profound that the only meaningful analogies are the Reformation and the Industrial Revolution; or is it, as with Lewis Feuer, simply the modern manifestation of a historically recurrent cycle of adolescent discontent? Is it a mixture of both? Now that the pendulum of change appears suddenly to have carried the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 74 Number 2, 1972, p. 273-275
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1550, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 8:54:00 AM

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