Review of Imaginary Citizens: Child Readers and the Limits of American Independence, 1640–1868 by Courtney Weikle-Mills
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Oxford University Press
The Journal of American History
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No children appear in Imaginary Citizens until chapter 4, and then just barely; their presence would have made this a very different book. Yet they remain central to Courtney Weikle-Mills's argument that during the 250 years after Europeans came to the New World, children and childhood provided real and metaphorical meanings to freedom and citizenship and reflected the ways democratic values could actually be shaped by words.