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Children's Nature
Author: Leslie Paris

ISBN: 9780814767078
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 364
Published: 17 December 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 583.0 x 389.5 x 2.9
Description:
?An insightful book about the evolution and significance of children's camps in American social and cultural life. For all of us who loved being at camp in the summer, Children?s Nature is evocative and it provokes many memories.? --Joan Jacobs Brumberg, author of Fasting Girls and The Body Project For over a century, summer camps have provided many American children?s first experience of community beyond their immediate family and neighborhoods. Each summer, children experience the pain of homesickness, learn to swim, and sit around campfires at night. Children?s Nature chronicles the history of the American summer camp, from its invention in the late nineteenth century through its rise in the first four decades of the twentieth century. Leslie Paris investigates how camps came to matter so greatly to so many Americans, while providing a window onto the experiences of the children who attended them and the aspirations of the adults who created them. Summer camps helped cement the notion of childhood as a time apart, at once protected and playful. Camp leaders promised that campers would be physically and morally invigorated by fresh mountain air, simple food, daily swimmin...

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