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Children and Youth in History
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Jun 15, 2016 2016-06-15

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Primary Sources on the History of Childhood

Children & Youth in History provides teachers and students with access to sources about young people around the world, from the past to the present. Developed by a team at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University, and the University of Missouri–Kansas City, the website provides access to information about the lived experiences of children and youth from multiple perspectives, as well as changing notions about childhood and adolescence in past cultures and civilizations. The materials on the site address such questions as, What was it like to be a child or adolescent throughout history? How is childhood defined? How has it changed, and how has it remained the same? What factors have shaped childhood, and how did children shape history, society, and culture? The website has four key features: a Primary Source Database with 350 resources, along with guidance on how to use those sources critically and tools for annotating and organizing the sources; 60 Website Reviews that focus on online resources for studying and teaching about childhood and youth in world history; 11 Teaching Modules that provide historical context, teaching tools, and strategies for teaching with sets of primary sources drawn from the Primary Source Database; and 25 Teaching Case Studies that model strategies for using primary sources to teach the history of childhood and youth.

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Plus: How does one study the history of young people? What can primary source documents reveal? What limitations do they pose? What light can the history of young people shed on the past? Students’ Guide to “Reading” Primary Sources on the History of Children & Youth serves as a resource to finding and interpreting (“reading”) primary sources about young people from ancient civilizations to the present. The guide is freely accessible online.

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