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Time's Children: Impressions of Youth

reviewed by Edgar Z. Friedenberg - 1972

coverTitle: Time's Children: Impressions of Youth
Author(s): Thomas Cottle
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Thomas J. Cottle's new book is one of the best of a number of recent works that undertake a more sympathetic examina­tion of the lives, experiences, attitudes, and values of the social group commonly called Middle Americans who, according to the scholars now writing about them, have been neglected in the social thought of the past several decades, which has con­centrated instead on the truly poor and, especially, the Black American. Corre­spondingly if not consequently, Middle Americans have been neglected in the formation of social policy as well, and have become steadily more embittered as they find their hard-won and precariously held status threatened by society's inequitable solicitude for their rapidly encroaching lower-class neighbors. Mounting rage pushes them further and further toward the political right, destroying the consen­sus needed to make government legitimate or perhaps even possible. Since the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley in 1964, to choose a convenient if somewhat arbitrary date, Middle Amer­ica's favorite target has been the increas­ingly large portion of American youth, usually... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 3, 1972, p. 448-452
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1613, Date Accessed: 5/28/2020 12:40:24 PM

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