Remaking Growing Up: Nineteenth-Century America
AbstractDuring the nineteenth century, a new stage of life, separating childhood from adulthood, emerged among the middle class. This newly recognized stage was characterized by prolonged dependency and extended schooling. This article, based in part on first person accounts of growing up, explores the forces which led to this life course transformation. It also explores the effects of this new set of values concerning adolescence on youngsters, according to gender and class.