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Girlhood in America : Personal Stories 1910 - 2010
by Suzanne Sherman


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Florence gets her first ride in a car when her dad buys a Model T from a door-to-door car salesman in Ohio in 1911. Mary Ann misses boarding the Titanic in 1912 and takes the next ship from England to New York City. As a Hungarian immigrant there, she shops in the Lower East Side with her mother for fresh bread and vegetables and chases horse-drawn fire engines as often as she can.  Read more...


 
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Florence gets her first ride in a car when her dad buys a Model T from a door-to-door car salesman in Ohio in 1911. Mary Ann misses boarding the Titanic in 1912 and takes the next ship from England to New York City. As a Hungarian immigrant there, she shops in the Lower East Side with her mother for fresh bread and vegetables and chases horse-drawn fire engines as often as she can. In the 1920s, Julia climbs trees in her skirt and bloomers. In Montana in the 1930s, Helen rides to her one-room school on horseback.

These are a few of the 56 stories in this book about life as a girl under 13 between 1910 and 2010. As the chapters trace the ten decades--1910 to 2010--you'll hear the voices of American women and girls giving views of life like you've never seen it.

You'll read about racism through the decades, as it shows up in daily life. Charlotte is a Russian Jewish immigrant living in Indiana in the 1920s, where the KKK has a stronghold. Belva Carole finds that rules about race are different in the city than they are in the country in Georgia in the 1950s. In the 1980s, Rachel, whose mother is white and whose father is black, is called names at school. Twenty years later, her daughter, Dylanne, faces the same issues. On 9/11, Aalaa learns new lessons in Michigan about what it means to be American.

Girlhood mirrors culture in surprising ways. Victoria goes to Woodstock with her family when she's 12, and a whole new world opens up to her. Terri Ann flees Saigon at age 5 in 1975 with her Vietnamese mother and American GI father to grow up poor in the rural South. Risa, who is born in 1996, has to defend being vegan her entire life, even at her alternative school.

Some of the 56 first-person stories are from students of Sherman's memoir classes, the eldest of them born in 1907. Seeing the waves of culture roll in and out with her memoir students was Sherman's inspiration for the book. The rest of the stories are from interviews Sherman conducted with women and girls around the country, from Maine to Moloka'i. These true stories about pre-teen life across ten decades creates a fascinating picture of America. It's history in motion.

In these personal accounts of the life and times, you'll learn about yourself, your children, your mother and your grandmothers. Every chapter opens with pop culture highlights from the decade, with amazing fun facts. (Did you know Tootsie Rolls were advertised in the 1920s as being individually wrapped and "dust-proof"?)

Discussion questions at the end of the book are great prompts for book groups and classrooms.

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Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780990452706
  • ISBN-10: 0990452700
  • Publisher: Szs Publishing
  • Publish Date: December 2016
  • Page Count: 336
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.99 pounds


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