Building Character in the American Boy: The Boy Scouts, YMCA, and Their Forerunners, 1870-1920
Among established American institutions, few have been more successful or paradoxical than the Boy Scouts of America. David Macleod traces the social history of America in this scholarly account of the origins of the Boy Scouts and other character-building agencies, through which adults tried to restructure middle-class boyhood.
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Adult Ambitions and Concerns
The Attempted Professionalization of YMCA Boys Work
The Invention of Boy Scouting
The Organization and Expansion of the Boy Scouts
Creation and Defense
Winning Institutional Support and Volunteer Leaders
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