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  • Michael B. Katz (a1)

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1. Rodgers, Daniel T., “In Search of Progressivism,” Reviews in American History 10 (Dec. 1982): 113–32. Children also preoccupied social reform energies in other countries at the same time. For example, on Canada see Sutherland, Neil, Children in English-Canadian Society: Framing the Twentieth-Century Consensus (Toronto, 1976). For an extended discussion of the themes raised in this review, see my book, In the Shadow of the Poorhouse: A Social History of Welfare in America (New York: Basic Books, 1986), ch.5; Proceedings of the Conference on the Care of Dependent Children Held at Washington, D.C., on January 25, 26, 1909, 60th Congress, 2d Session, Senate, Document No. 721 (Washington, D.C., 1909), 6.

2. Trattner, Walter I., Homer Folks: Pioneer in Social Welfare (New York, 1968); Trattner, Walter I., Crusade for the Children: A History of the National Child Labor Committee and Child Labor Reform in America (Chicago, 1970). For Folks's own views, see his The Care of Destitute, Neglected, and Delinquent Children (New York, 1902; reprinted 1978). A particularly eloquent and vivid manifesto of the child-saving movement is, Spargo, John, The Bitter Cry of the Children, ed. Trattner, Walter I. (New York, 1906; Quadrangle/New York Times edition, 1968).

3. Tiffin, Susan, In Whose Best Interest?: Child Welfare Reform in the Progressive Era (Westport, Conn., 1982).

4. Costin, Lela B., Two Sisters for Social Justice: A Biography of Grace and Edith Abbott (Urbana, Ill., 1983).

5. On Sheppard-Towner, see Rothman, Sheila M., Women's Proper Place: A History of Changing Ideals and Practices, 1870 to the Present (New York, 1978), 135–53.

6. Folks, Homer, “What Brought about the New York System? Do These Reasons Still Exist?” Proceedings of the New York State Conference of Charities and Corrections, First Annual Session, November 20, 21, and 22, 1900, ed. Barrows, Isabel C. (Albany, N.Y., 1901), 133.

7. Lasch, Christopher, Haven in a Heartless World: The Family Besieged (New York, 1979).

8. Cavallo, Dominick, Muscles and Morals: Organized Playgrounds and Urban Reform, 1880–1920 (Philadelphia, 1981), xi, 15.

9. Behlmer, George K., Child Abuse and Moral Reform in England, 1870–1908 (Stanford, Calif., 1982), 202.

10. Behlmer, , Child Abuse, passim.

11. Cavallo, , Muscles and Morals, 46.

12. Schlossman, Steven L., Love and the American Delinquent: The Theory and Practice of “Progressive” Juvenile Justice, 1825–1920 (Chicago, 1976), 188.

13. Rothman, David J., Conscience and Convenience: The Asylum and Its Alternatives in Progressive America (Boston, 1980).

14. Norton Grubb, W. and Lazerson, Marvin, Broken Promises: How Americans Fail Their Children (New York, 1982), esp. 247, 279, 283–84.

15. Trattner, , Homer Folks, 154–55 and 214–15; Leavitt, Judith Walzer, The Healthiest City: Milwaukee and the Politics of Health Reform (Princeton, N.J., 1982), 38–39, 214; Josephine Baker, S., Fighting for Life (New York, 1939), 253; Condran, Gretchen A., Williams, Henry, and Cheney, Rose A., “The Decline in Mortality in Philadelphia from 1870 to 1930: The Role of Municipal Services,” Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 108 (Apr. 1984): 153–77.

16. Leavitt, , Healthiest City, 70.

17. Ashby, LeRoy, Saving the Waifs: Reformers and Dependent Children, 1890–1917 (Philadelphia, 1984), 13.

18. Ashby, Saving the Waifs, 5. This interpretation conflicts with Paul Boyer's which stresses the secularization of philanthropy in the late nineteenth century. Boyer, Paul S., Urban Masses and Moral Order in America, 1820–1920 (Cambridge, Mass., 1978), 167–68.

19. Ashby, , Saving the Waifs, 69205.

20. Tiffin, , In Whose Best Interest?, 205–10.

21. Ibid., 130. For a summary of the arguments for and against mothers' pensions, see Bullock, Edna D., comp., Selected Articles on Mothers' Pensions (White Plains and New York, 1925).

22. White House Conference, Proceedings, 89. On changes in child psychology, see Cavallo, , Muscles and Morals, 4950.

23. Zelizer, Viviana A., Pricing the Priceless Child: The Changing Social Value of Children (New York, 1985), 36.

24. In a fascinating last chapter, Zelizer points out that only as women have begun to reenter the labor force in large numbers and to reject the doctrines of domesticity and separate spheres has the ideal of the priceless (and useless) child begun to crumble. She speculates that a new version of the “useful” child, expected to help with domestic tasks and share responsibility, may be emerging. Zelizer, , Pricing the Priceless Child, 208–28.

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