Society for the History of Children and Youth

No. 11
Winter 2008

To Our Readers,


The Winter 2008 Newsletter is about teaching – where and how it's done and some thoughts about the pedagogical future of the history of children and youth.  Steve Mintz leads off with a revised version of comments prepared for a teaching session at the summer conference in Sweden. Steve's thoughts on teaching the history of childhood are followed by descriptions of three recently created interdisciplinary childhood studies programs.  Harvey Graff has made available his article from the Journal of American History and he includes new syllabi for the courses first described in 1998.  Miroslava Garcia-Chavez, Vassiliki Theodorou, and Margot Hillel discuss their courses and teaching experiences.  And Anne Rubin and Jim Marten offer accounts of unique class projects to elicit student interest in the history of children and youth.  As always, this Newsletter also has "news":  about SHCY and the new Journal; member accomplishments; upcoming events; history of childhood websites; and recent publications and dissertations.  (Table of Contents for #11)


Next Issue, New Columns, New Faces

We want to take this opportunity to introduce Stephen Gennaro, the new editor for columns about teaching the history of childhood and Miroslava Chavez-Garcia, who will edit a column devoted to the history of youth of color, and reintroduce Sean Martin, who has taken over the "Websightings" column.  Steve is a cultural historian of youth and media.  He has a PhD in Communications from McGill University in Montreal and is currently teaching in the Children's Studies Department at York University in Toronto, Canada.  He has over 10 years of teaching experience at all levels from nursery school to graduate studies and has been developing curriculum for public school boards and private institutions for close to 15 years.   Steve has plans to take the teaching section of the Newsletter in several new directions; he writes:


In future newsletters, the teaching section of the newsletter should incorporate two components that collectively will discuss pedagogy and children’s studies: one that deals with happenings in the field and one that deals specifically with curriculum.  For each issue, in connection with the theme of the newsletter itself- contributors will be asked to write small pieces (500 words) that talk about happenings in the field that deal with teaching and that topic.  As one example, you might discuss a course that deals with that particular theme.  Furthermore, I would like to include in each newsletter classroom and lecture activities (with suggested readings).  If you have contributions for the teaching column please send an email and brief CV to


Miroslava is an associate professor in the Chicana/o Studies Program at the University of California, Davis.  She is the author of Negotiating Conquest: Gender and Power in California, 1770s-1880s (University of Arizona Press, 2004), and she is currently at work on a manuscript on youth of color in California reformatories, 1890s to 1940s.  Miroslava sends this invitation to SHCY members:


Are you interested in recovering the voices of youth of color in history? Do you believe we know way too little on the experiences of African American, Mexican American, Asian American, and Native American youth in history? Are you willing to share what work you've done or plan to do on these little known topics? I plan to edit a Newsletter column dedicated to the study of youth, race/ethnicity, and history as well as class, gender, sexuality, and culture. All topics -- including children and youth in slavery, native attitudes towards adolescents, native youth and boarding schools, race and juvenile justice, for instance -- are welcomed. The purpose of the column is also to build a network of scholars and a space to share resources. Send your ideas to


Sean Martin has been a Newsletter co-editor and he has now volunteered to take over as author/editor of "Websightings," our column on new and exciting websites about the children and youth. Sean is Associate Curator for Jewish History at the Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, Ohio. He is the author of Jewish Life in Cracow, 1918-1939 (Mitchell Vallentine, 2005) and his current research focuses on the history of Jewish children's aid associations in interwar Poland.  Read his first column in this issue, and if you have suggestions for future columns, contact Sean at


Newsletter Needs Your Help

The Newsletter editors hope these examples will inspire others to volunteer for Newsletter duty.  And we want to extend a special invitation to those who work on topics or live in areas of the world beyond the bounds of the United States.  We want our Newsletter to be representative of the breadth of our field and to do that we need your help.  Please consider hosting an issue about a particular subject or joining us as a Newsletter editor.  And as always, let us know how the Newsletter can better serve the needs of members and the SHCY.  (Contact Kathleen at


Call for Papers for the Summer Newsletter

For the next issue, we want to focus on the subject of violence, violence against children and violence by children.  As always, the Newsletter is not a place to publish research articles – send them to the editors of the new Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth.   In the Newsletter, we ask you to share thoughts about where and how historians might explore the intersection of youth and violence, brief research updates, bibliographic essays, and how you address it in the classroom.  Please contact us with your suggestions for the next Newsletter, whichwill be published in August.


In the meantime, we hope you enjoy Newsletter #11

Kathleen Jones ( )
Margot Hillel ( )
Colleen Vasconsellos ( )

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