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The Crucible of Consent

American Child Rearing and the Forging of Liberal Society

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$50.50 • £40.95 • €45.50

ISBN 9780674051942

Publication Date: 02/15/2012

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464 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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A major reinterpretation of the history of American childhood and child rearing, with a powerful and persuasive central thesis. The sweep of the narrative is breathtaking and the degree of erudition remarkable.—John Rury, University of Kansas

No one understands the struggle with authority at the heart of American liberalism better than James Block, and no one conveys more vividly its vitality and inner tension. Following up his arresting depiction of America as A Nation of Agents, Block now considers the cultivation of liberal citizens, of men and women who would internalize cultural expectations and obligations without losing their innate spontaneity, creativity, and love of freedom. Recovering a preoccupation with this problem in the nineteenth-century literature on child rearing, The Crucible of Consent reminds us of the best in our national character and of the complications that have come to impede its latter-day expression.—Stephen Skowronek, Yale University

A fresh and richly illuminating work, based on profound scholarship and written with verve, passion, and occasional eloquence. The Crucible of Consent is an agenda-setting work that we will be reckoning with for a long time.—Michael Zuckerman, University of Pennsylvania

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