Adoption In America: Historical Perspectives


Adoption affects an estimated 60% of Americans, but despite its pervasiveness, this social institution has been little examined and poorly understood. This book 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 this book will be debated for many years to come.

Author: Carp, E Wayne
Additional Author: The University of Michigan Press
ISBN: V4763
Count: 1
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