By Jacalyn Eddy

The main entire account of the ladies who, as librarians, editors, and founders of the Horn e-book, formed the fashionable kid's booklet among 1919 and 1939. The lives of Anne Carroll Moore, Alice Jordan, Louise Seaman Bechtel, may perhaps Massee, Bertha Mahony Miller, and Elinor Whitney box open up for readers the realm of girl professionalization. What emerges is a shiny representation of a few of the cultural debates of the time, together with matters approximately "good interpreting" for kids and approximately women's negotiations among domesticity and participation within the paid exertions strength and the prices and payoffs life.Published in collaboration one of the college of Wisconsin Press, the guts for the heritage of Print tradition in glossy the USA (a joint application of the college of Wisconsin–Madison and the Wisconsin historic Society), and the college of Wisconsin–Madison normal Library approach workplace of Scholarly conversation.

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Their solution thus frequently took the form of legislation designed to improve the economic conditions of families, including child labor, compulsory education, and mothers’ pensions. 40 Considering themselves “doctors to a sick society,”41 they agitated for broad social changes that, they believed, would ameliorate the living conditions of children. 42 The White House Conference on Dependent Children in  was a milestone in such reform efforts, establishing a clear link between children and rights.

She recalled particularly how moved she was by cases involving children affected by divorce, homelessness, or abuse. ”7 Watching him convert the worthless property into usable land inspired Moore, creating lifelong passions both for nature and for progress. After the death of her parents when she was nineteen, Moore attended the library school at Pratt Institute in New York, then under the direction of Mary Wright Plummer, an early leader in the library movement. ”8 Boston, one of the nation’s oldest literary cities, was also a good choice for Book Week activities.

50 Now, as a professional woman’s organization, NERTCL developed aims and activities reflecting progressive ideals. Like Moore at NYPL, Jordan encouraged librarians to become involved in charitable work that was, she believed, intimately connected to library work. ”51 In part, expanded activities at NYPL and BPL reflected a degree of enthusiasm for progressive reform, particularly those intended to Americanize immigrants or “civilize” children. Determined that neither the new urbanindustrial order nor the changing cultural composition of America should subvert their vision of a cultured, educated citizenry, reformers moved into urban neighborhoods to provide various types of assistance to those considered at high risk for poverty, criminal behavior, or unemployment.

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