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Soliciting original contributions for an anthology tentatively titled “Children and Youth in a Growing Nation: The Gilded Age and Progressive Era” to be published by NYU Press in the “Children and Youth in America” series. Essays will examine the unique experiences of American children of all ages, ethnicities, and regions from the Gilded Age through the First World War. Authors will place children and youth in the contexts of such salient themes of the period as reform and on conditions demanding reform, urbanization, immigration, industrialization, and race and ethnic issues. Whenever possible and appropriate, the points of view of children and youth should be presented. Although interdisciplinary approaches are welcomed and, indeed, encouraged, the essays need to be framed with a historical sensibility. Final essays will run an estimated 6-8000 words, including notes. Authors will be responsible for submitting appropriate illustrations and permissions.

The deadline for proposals is September 30, 2011. Interested scholars should email their one-page proposals, along with c.v.s, directly to James Marten, Professor of History at Marquette University, who is editor of both the series and the proposed anthology. His email address is

Final versions of the essays chosen for the anthology will be due on January 31, 2012. Please contact the editor directly with questions.

CFP – Children and Youth in a Growing Nation: The Gilded Age and Progressive Era