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Mintz, Steven 1953-

Works: 42 works in 213 publications in 2 languages and 10,437 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Case studies  Encyclopedias  Bibliography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Juvenile works  Records and correspondence 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: HQ792.U5, 305.230973
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Most widely held works by Steven Mintz
Huck's raft : a history of American childhood by Steven Mintz( Book )

18 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 2,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher description: Like Huck's raft, the experience of American childhood has been both adventurous and terrifying. For more than three centuries, adults have agonized over raising children while children have followed their own paths to development and expression. Now, Steven Mintz gives us the first comprehensive history of American childhood encompassing both the child's and the adult's tumultuous early years of life. Underscoring diversity through time and across regions, Mintz traces the transformation of children from the sinful creatures perceived by Puritans to the productive workers of nineteenth-century farms and factories, from the cosseted cherubs of the Victorian era to the confident consumers of our own. He explores their role in revolutionary upheaval, westward expansion, industrial growth, wartime mobilization, and the modern welfare state. Revealing the harsh realities of children's lives through history--the rigors of physical labor, the fear of chronic ailments, the heartbreak of premature death--he also acknowledges the freedom children once possessed to discover their world as well as themselves. Whether at work or play, at home or school, the transition from childhood to adulthood has required generations of Americans to tackle tremendously difficult challenges. Today, adults impose ever-increasing demands on the young for self-discipline, cognitive development, and academic achievement, even as the influence of the mass media and consumer culture has grown. With a nod to the past, Mintz revisits an alternative to the goal-driven realities of contemporary childhood. An odyssey of psychological self-discovery and growth, this book suggests a vision of childhood that embraces risk and freedom--like the daring adventure on Huck's raft
Domestic revolutions : a social history of American family life by Steven Mintz( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,919 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at the ways the American family has adapted to change over the past three hundred years, and discusses the families of American Indians, slaves, and immigrants
The prime of life : a history of modern adulthood by Steven Mintz( Book )

9 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 1,311 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first history of American adulthood, The Prime of Life examines how succeeding generations of Americans dealt with the primary tasks of adulthood: Navigating the passage from youth to maturity, achieving intimacy and connection, raising the next generation, experiencing work's pleasures and pains, and wresting meaning from life's losses and stresses. Highly attentive to class, ethnicity, gender, and race, this book draws upon a wealth of private letters and other previously untapped sources to challenge a host of misconceptions that distort public thinking today. These include the myths that the transition to adulthood was smoother and more seamless in the past and that adulthood was more stable and predictable than it has since become. But this book does something more. It underscores women's historical role in driving fundamental changes in attitudes toward love, friendship, marriage, childrearing, and work. It demonstrates the ways that social class has differentiated adult experience. It also reconstructs the emotional interior of a life stage too often treated as fit only for self-help books or novels dealing with the travails of the suburban middle class. It not only recaptures adulthood's joys and disappointments, its hopes and frustrated expectations, its soaring dreams and bitter regrets, it demonstrates that development across the life span is shaped less by psychology than by cultural and historical circumstances"--Provided by publisher
The boisterous sea of liberty : a documentary history of America from discovery through the Civil War by David Brion Davis( Book )

8 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and held by 1,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawing on a gold mine of primary documents - including letters, diary entries, personal narratives, political speeches, broadsides, trial transcripts, and contemporary newspaper articles - The Boisterous Sea of Liberty brings the past to life in a way few histories ever do. Here is a panoramic look at American history from the voyages of Columbus through the bloody Civil War, as captured in the words of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Beecher Stowe and many other historical figures, both famous and obscure. In these pieces, the living voices of the past speak to us from opposing viewpoints - from the vantage point of loyalists as well as patriots, slaves as well as masters - providing a more sophisticated understanding of the forces that have shaped our society, from the power of public opinion to the nearly absolute power of the slaveholder. The Boisterous Sea of Liberty is a documentary history of America, which uses the first-person testimony to reconstruct the basic forces, events, ideas, and struggles that shaped American society during its formative era. It places the defining documents of American history in their proper context and presents a lively and innovative interpretation of our history from earliest colonization through the Civil War
A prison of expectations : the family in Victorian culture by Steven Mintz( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 1985 in English and held by 719 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Moralists and modernizers : America's pre-Civil War reformers by Steven Mintz( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2003 in English and held by 709 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The decades before the Civil War saw the first secular efforts in history to remake society through reform. Reformers launched unprecedented campaigns to reform criminals and prostitutes, educate the deaf and the blind, guarantee women's rights, and abolish slavery. Our modern systems of free public schools, prisons, and hospitals for the mentally ill are all legacies of this era. Moralists and Modernizers tells the fascinating story of America's first age of reform, combining incisive portraits of leading reformers and movements with perceptive analyses of religion, politics, and society. Arguing that the reform impulse grew out of the era's peculiar mix of fear and hope, Steven Mintz shows that reform arose not only from fears of social disorder, family fragmentation, and widening class divisions but also from a millennialist sense of possibility rooted in new religious and philosophical ideas. He then examines three distinct responses to pre-Civil War America's pressing social problems. Moral reform sought to create a Christian moral order using moral suasion. Social reform combatted poverty, crime, and ignorance through new institutions offering nonauthoritarian forms of social control. Radical reform sought to regenerate American society by eliminating fundamental sources of inequality such as slavery and racial and sexual discrimination. In an epilogue, Mintz fits antebellum reform into the larger context of America's liberal tradition. Mintz concludes that America's pre-Civil War reformers were at once moral critics and cultural modernizers. As exponents of a distinctly modern set of values, reformers attacked outmoded customs, smoothed the transition from a preindustrial to an industrial order, and devised modern bureaucratic systems of criminal justice, public education, and social welfare. The first comprehensive account of antebellum reform to appear in twenty years, Moralists and Modernizers is a rich and rewarding work of synthesis and interpretation which draws upon the most recent historical research."--Cover
The problem of evil : slavery, freedom, and the ambiguities of American reform( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hollywood's America : understanding history through film by Steven Mintz( )

14 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 480 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In our increasingly visual culture, a growing amount of what we learn about history comes from the movies, Popular films both represent and misrepresent the historical past. Hollywood's America offers a succinct, readable history of American film and an engaging exploration of how particular films and stars illuminate particular historical eras. Carefully selected primary sources provide additional insights into the ways that Hollywood films have shaped the public imagination and provide examples of how to interpret classic American films as artifacts of a shifting American culture."--Provided by publisher
Hollywood's America : United States history through its films by Steven Mintz( Book )

21 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The introduction to this book traces the history of American film against a backdrop of broader changes in late nineteenth and twentieth-century popular culture. A series of interpretive essays then examines how classic films treated American political, economic, and social life; primary sources that illuminate film history are also included as is an extensive bibliographic guide to the literature on American movies." -- Preface (p. ix)
African American voices : the life cycle of slavery( Book )

10 editions published between 1993 and 2008 in English and Italian and held by 307 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hollywood's America : twentieth-century America through film( Book )

10 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fully revised, updated, and extended, this compilation of interpretive essays and primary documents teaches students to read films as cultural artifacts within the contexts of actual past events. type="disc"> A new edition of this classic textbook, which ties movies into the broader narrative of US and film history Ten new articles which consider recently released films, as well as issues of gender and ethnicity Well-organized within a chronological framework with thematic treatments to provide a valuable resource for students of the
Mexican American voices : a documentary reader by Steven Mintz( Book )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and held by 220 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This short, comprehensive collection of primary documents provides an indispensable introduction to Mexican American history and culture.:.; Includes over 90 carefully chosen selections, with a succinct introduction and comprehensive headnotes that identify the major issues raised by the documents.; Emphasizes key themes in US history, from immigration and geographical expansion to urbanization, industrialization, and civil rights struggles.; Includes a 'visual history' chapter of images that supplement the documents, as well as an extensive bibliography
African American voices : a documentary reader, 1619-1877 by Steven Mintz( Book )

13 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Including more than 50 documents that span the history of slavery in America, African American Voices chronicles the widely varied experience of African American slaves. It presents 250 years of the collective life-cycle of an enslaved people through substantial excerpts from slave narratives, interviews with former slaves, and letters that document the experience of bondage, and supplies comprehensive introductions and head notes, a visual history of slavery, and an extensive bibliography"--Back cover
Native American voices : a history and anthology( Book )

9 editions published between 1995 and 2004 in English and held by 187 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sourcebook and index : a collection of great American documents by Joy Hakim( Book )

5 editions published between 1999 and 2007 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains source documents for American history, and the series index
The family in America : an encyclopedia by Joseph M Hawes( )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Covering alphabetical entries H-W, this volume includes information on public policies, organizations, health and social issues, family customs, and the family constellation
A comparison of accounting standard setting in the international environment and in the United States by Steven Mintz( Book )

10 editions published between 1978 and 1987 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The founding era : people, places, politics : history in a box( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of materials in varied media and formats about the roots and history of the United States' Revolutionary & Confederation periods. Includes a resource book with short narrative summaries by historians and extensive background materials (also on CD-ROM), a book on the slavery issue, posters, including a poster sized timeline of all the major dates and events, six placards depicting historic figures and images, 2 DVDs with lectures by major historians, & the printable CD-ROM, and electronic version of the Founding era book
Frederick Douglass : a documentary history of his fight for freedom and equality by Frederick Douglass( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Studies in the Victorian family by Steven Mintz( Book )

4 editions published between 1979 and 1982 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Domestic revolutions : a social history of American family life
Domestic revolutions : a social history of American family lifeThe boisterous sea of liberty : a documentary history of America from discovery through the Civil WarMoralists and modernizers : America's pre-Civil War reformersThe problem of evil : slavery, freedom, and the ambiguities of American reformHollywood's America : United States history through its filmsAfrican American voices : the life cycle of slaveryHollywood's America : twentieth-century America through filmMexican American voices : a documentary reader
Alternative Names
Steven Mintz American historian

Steven Mintz Amerikaans historicus

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