Children During The Civil War Era

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Children have changed from the 1950s to the twentieth century because of how the world around them as been to impact their growth. During the Civil War era, many children were forced to work because of poverty levels. In the early part of the twentieth century, street children and working children in factories and mines did not receive a protected childhood. They were forced to grow up, lose the innocence of being a child, and become a primary or secondary provider for their families. This changed when high schools began to give most teenagers the status of a protected childhood during the time of the Great Depression. The 1950s were a prime time for many American children because the impact of divorces, a low number of women in the work force, high birth rates, increased family incomes, and the development of child-centered suburbs changed outlooks and living conditions for many young individuals. Social conditions back then, “created the image of a child- centered society with stay at home mothers forcing their attention on child rearing” (Spring 352). The ideals of gender roles are heavily influence as Spring talks about how boys must be masculine and how, “the stress on gender differences in the 1950s gave way to an emphasis on gender equality” (Spring 353). An American Education has drastically changed over time, and it is widely known that things have changed. Students in their generation and ones prior are acutely aware and morally affected about subjects regarding
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