Civilizing the child : discourses of race, nation, and child welfare in America

Bullard, Katharine S., 1974-

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  • Creator Katharine S. Bullard
  • Format Books
  • Publication Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, [2014]
  • Physical Details
    • viii, 149 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780739178980, 0739178989, 9780739178997, 0739178997, 9780739178997
  • OCLC ocn856054387


  • In Civilizing the Child: Discourses of Race, Nation and Child Welfare in America, Katherine S. Bullard analyzes the discourse of child welfare advocates who argued for the notion of a racialized ideal child. This ideal child, limited to white, often native-born children, was at the center of arguments for material support to children and education for their parents. This book illuminates important limitations in the Progressive approach to social welfare and helps to explain the current dearth of support for poor children. - [from the back cover]


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 135-145) and index.


  • Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Settling the waifs: Charles Loring Brace, the Children's Aid Society, and Christian Expansion -- Jacob Riis, Slum Tourism, and Citizenship -- Immigrant neighborhoods, settlement Houses, and the civilizing mission -- The rights of American children: Social Science, Citizenship, and the Children's Bureau -- Epilogue -- Bibliography -- Index
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