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The Child and the Republic—The Dawn of Modern American Child Nurture

reviewed by Hugh C. Black

coverTitle: The Child and the Republic
Author(s): Bernard Wishy
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Bernard Wishy is Director of Medical and Administrative Systems at the Roosevelt Hospital in New York and a member of the Department of History at Brooklyn College. His thesis has to do with the beginnings of the "century of the child": Although unremembered, a torrent of popular debate about the child and child nurture preceded, by several generations, John Dewey's School and Society (1899) and Freud's Interpretation of Dreams (1899). While not denigrating the weighty, even revolutionary, changes in nurture ideas since those classics were published, this study will show how deeply the beliefs in "realism" and "experience" in raising the child had already penetrated before then—but among respectable moralists, rather than heretics such as Freud and Dewey. In fact, the story displays a familiar paradox in intellectual history: how notions adopted originally for certain moral purposes become associated eventually with ideals that would have dismayed the champions of those original... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 70 Number 7, 1969, p. 691-694 ID Number: 1949, Date Accessed: 11/15/2018 5:48:19 AM

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