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American Girls and Global Responsibility: A New Relation to the World during the Early Cold War
by Jennifer Helgren
Rutgers University Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-0-8135-9062-2 | Cloth: 978-0-8135-7579-7
Library of Congress Classification HQ798.H437 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 320.40835

American Girls and Global Responsibility brings together insights from Cold War culture studies, girls’ studies, and the history of gender and militarization to shed new light on how age and gender work together to form categories of citizenship.
Jennifer Helgren argues that a new internationalist girl citizenship took root in the country in the years following World War II in youth organizations such as Camp Fire Girls, Girl Scouts, YWCA Y-Teens, schools, and even magazines like Seventeen. She shows the particular ways that girls’ identities and roles were configured, and reveals the links between internationalist youth culture, mainstream U.S. educational goals, and the U.S. government in creating and marketing that internationalist girl, thus shaping the girls’ sense of responsibilities as citizens. 

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