Adoption in America: Historical Perspectives (Google eBook)

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E. Wayne Carp
University of Michigan Press, Jan 1, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 264 pages
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"Includes research on adoption documents rarely open to historians . . . an important addition to the literature on adoption. Highly Recommended."
---Choice

"Sheds new light on the roots of this complex and fascinating institution."
---Library Journal

"Well-written and accessible . . . showcases the wide-ranging scholarship underway on the history of adoption."
---Adoptive Families

"[T]his volume is a significant contribution to the literature and can serve as a catalyst for further research."
---Social Service Review

Adoption affects an estimated 60 percent of Americans, but despite its pervasiveness, this social institution has been little examined and poorly understood. Adoption in America gathers essays on the history of adoptions and orphanages in the United States. Offering provocative interpretations of a variety of issues, including antebellum adoption and orphanages; changing conceptions of adoption in late-nineteenth-century novels; Progressive Era reform and adoptive mothers; the politics of "matching" adoptive parents with children; the radical effect of World War II on adoption practices; religion and the reform of adoption; and the construction of birth mother and adoptee identities, the essays in Adoption in America will be debated for many years to come.
  

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Contents

A Historical Overview of American Adoption
1
Indenture and Adoption in NineteenthCentury Orphanages
27
Adoption in NineteenthCentury American Childrens Literature
51
Adoption in Victorian and Edwardian England
82
A Historical Comparison of Catholic and Jewish Adoption Practices in Chicago 18331933
101
The Social Construction of Adoption in the Delineator 19071911
124
The Washington Childrens Home Society 18951915
140
Adoption Agencies and the Search for the Ideal Family19181965
160
World War II as a Watershed in the History of Adoption
181
Autobiographical Narrative and the Politics of Identity
218
Contributors
247
Index
249
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About the author (2009)

E. Wayne Carp is Professor of History, Pacific Lutheran College.

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