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You can help your country : English children's work during the Second World War

Author: Berry Mayall; Virginia Morrow; University of London. Institute of Education.
Publisher: London : Institute of Education, University of London, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bringing in the harvest. Rescuing survivors from the wreckage of bombed houses. Raising money for Spitfires and warships. Keeping the family business running when parents were enlisted into war-work. These are just a few examples of how children and young people made substantial contributions to the war effort during the Second World War.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Berry Mayall; Virginia Morrow; University of London. Institute of Education.
ISBN: 9780854738892 0854738894
OCLC Number: 609538589
Description: xvii, 311 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Starting points --
Children in social thought between the wars --
Earners or learners? Work and school 1900-1939 --
Children in wartime --
Younger children's work: Doing their bit --
Bringing in the harvest --
Older children's work: serving their country --
Children in organisations: working for freedom --
Closing points.
Other Titles: English children's work during the Second World War
Children's work during the Second World War
Responsibility: Berry Mayall and Virginia Morrow.

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Bringing in the harvest. Rescuing survivors from the wreckage of bombed houses. Raising money for Spitfires and warships. Keeping the family business running when parents were enlisted into war-work. These are just a few examples of how children and young people made substantial contributions to the war effort during the Second World War.

You Can Help Your Country: English children's work during the Second World War reveals the remarkable, hidden history of children as social agents who actively participated in a national effort during a period of crisis. This highly-illustrated volume draws on interviews with people who were of school-age during the war, on archives and on school histories which recorded wartime activities as well as children's accounts of their experiences at the time. Children expressed both positive and negative views of their work: exhilaration and exhaustion, pride and resentment, delight in new freedoms and anger at deprivation.

Applying a sociological approach, the authors outline the social history of childhood during the first half of the twentieth century, documenting heated debates about the 'proper' activities of children. They analyse the thinking that questioned class-based childhoods and schooling and promoted better health and better educational opportunities. In this context, they examine how children responded to appeals to 'do their bit as urged through government poster campaigns, BBC radio broadcast programmes for schools, propaganda films and children's fiction.

This is a stimulating: entertaining and scholarly contribution to the history, of childhood, which will enable the reader to mink about ideas of childhood today and their rights, as citizens, to participate in the social and political life of their society. It will be essential reading for academics, researchers and students in the field of the sociology of childhood/childhood studies and more widely and will appeal to anyone with an interest in social history and war studies. --Book Jacket.

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