A Right to Childhood: The U.S. Children's Bureau and Child Welfare, 1912-46
by Kriste Lindenmeyer
University of Illinois Press, 1997
Cloth: 978-0-252-02275-3 | Paper: 978-0-252-06577-4
Library of Congress Classification HV741.L525 1997
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.710973

      Warring factions in the United States like to use children as weapons
        for their political agendas as Americans try to determine the role--if
        any--of the federal government in the lives of children. But what is the
        history of child welfare policy in the United States? What can we learn
        from the efforts to found the U.S. Children's bureau in 1903 and its eventual
        dismemberment in 1946?
      This is the first history of the Children's Bureau and the first in-depth
        examination of federal child welfare policy from the perspective of that
        agency. Its goal was to promote "a right to childhood," and
        Kriste Lindenmeyer unflinchingly examines the successes--and the failures--of
        the Bureau. She analyzes infant and maternal mortality, the promotion
        of child health care, child labor reform, and the protection of children
        with "special needs" from the Bureau's inception through the
        Depression, and through all the legislation that impacted on its work
        for children. The meaningful accomplishments and the demise of the Children's
        Bureau have much to tell parents, politicians, and policy-makers everywhere.

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