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7/13/07: Huck's Raft

Photo by Phil Schatz

In his landmark book Huck's Raft, the historian Steven Mintz offers the first comprehensive history of American childhood. He traces the transformation of the way we have perceived children - from the sinful creatures of the Puritan era to today. Mintz argues hovering parents now impose too many demands on kids, and have stripped from them the freedom to discover the world, as well as themselves. Steven Mintz joins Doug to explain the history and direction of American childhood. (Repeat)

Steven Mintz is a professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin Executive Director of the University of Texas System’s Institute for Transformational Learning. His book is called Huck’s Raft: A History of American Childhood [Amazon|Indiebound

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