STS.080 | Spring 2016 | Undergraduate
Youth Political Participation


1 Defining our terms: What is youth? What is political participation? Why study these phenomena in historical perspective? Why study the role of technology and media in these events? Checkoway, Barry. “What Is Youth Participation?Children and Youth Services Review 33, no. 2 (2011): 340–5.
2 Youth Political Participation Before 1900

King, Wilma. “Free At Last.” In Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in Nineteenth-Century America. Indiana University Press, 2011, pp. 262–313. ISBN: 9780253222640. [Preview with Google Books]

Marten, James. “Introduction.” Chapter 3 in Children and War: A Historical Anthology. NYU Press, 2002. ISBN: 9780814756676. [Preview with Google Books]

Brewer, Holly. “Introduction” and “Conclusion.” Chapter 1 in By Birth or Consent: Children, Law, and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority. The University of North Carolina Press, 2007. ISBN: 9780807858325. [Preview with Google Books]

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. “Introduction.” Chapters 1 and 4 in Kids on Strike! HMH Books for Young Readers, 2003. ISBN: 9780618369232.

3 Youth Political Participation 1900–1930

Nasaw, David. “Preface.” Chapters 5 and 12 in Children of the City: At Work and at Play. Anchor, 2012. ISBN: 9780345802972.

Wolters, Raymond. “Conclusion.” Chapters 1 and 3 in The New Negro on Campus: Black College Rebellions of the 1920s. Princeton University Press, 1975. ISBN: 9780691046280.

Fass, Paula S. “Introduction.” Chapters 1 and 8 in The Damned and the Beautiful: American Youth in the 1920s. Oxford University Press, 1979. ISBN: 9780195024920.

———. “Skim.” Chapters 3 and 5 in The Damned and the Beautiful: American Youth in the 1920s. Oxford University Press, 1979. ISBN: 9780195024920.

Churchill, Suzanne W., Drew Brookie, et al. “Youth Culture in The Crisis and Fire!!The Journal of Modern Periodical Studies 1, no. 1 (2010): 64–99.

Buy at MIT Press Douglas, Susan. “Amateur Operators and American Broadcasting: Shaping the Future of Radio.” In Imagining Tomorrow: History, Technology, and the American Future. Edited By Joseph Corn. MIT Press, 1988. ISBN: 9780262530767.

Cohen, Ronald D., and Raymond A. Mohl. The Paradox of Progressive Education: The Gary Plan and Urban Schooling. Associated Faculty Press Incorporation, 1979, pp. 35–66 and 193–9. ISBN: 9780804692373.

4 Youth Political Participation in the 1930s

Altbach, Philip G. Chapter 3 in Student Politics in America: A Historical Analysis. Transaction Publishers, 1997. ISBN: 9781560009443. [Preview with Google Books]

Gellman, Erik S. Chapter 3 in Death Blow to Jim Crow: The National Negro Congress and the Rise of Militant Civil Rights. The University of North Carolina Press, 2014. ISBN: 9781469618999. [Preview with Google Books]

Schweinitz, Rebecca de. “Introduction.” Chapter 4 in If We Could Change the World: Young People and America’s Long Struggle for Racial Equality. The University of North Carolina Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780807872154.


Haas, Britt. As They Saw the Thirties: Activist Youth’s Vision Of and For America. Dissertation: State University of New York at Albany, 2011.

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6 Youth Political Participation 1940–1960

Shreve, Bradley G. “Introduction.” Chapters 2 and 3 in Red Power Rising: The National Indian Youth Council and the Origins of Native Activism. Vol. 5. University of Oklahoma Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780806141787.

de Schweinitz, Rebecca. Chapter 5 in If We Could Change the World: Young People and America’s Long Struggle for Racial Equality. The University of North Carolina Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780807872154.

Alvarez, Luis. Chapters 1 and 4–6 in The Power of the Zoot: Youth Culture and Resistance During World War II. University of California Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780520261549.

Altbach, Philip G. “The National Student Association in the Fifties: Flawed Conscience of the Silent Generation.” Youth and Society 5, no. 2 (1973): 184–211.

Serb, Christopher. “The Beach Boys: Chicago’s First Junior Lifeguards.” Chicago History, 2000.

7 Youth Political Participation in the “Long” 1960s

Ajunwa, Kelechi. It’s Our School Too: Youth Activism as Educational Reform, 1951_–1979._ Dissertation: Temple University, 2011. (Skim entire document, focusing on the discussion of underground newspapers)

McMillian, John. “Introduction.” Chapters 1 and 4 in Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America. Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780195319927.

Williamson, Joy Ann. “In Defense of Themselves: The Black Student Struggle for Success and Recognition at Predominantly White Colleges and Universities.” The Journal of Negro Education 68, no. 1 (1999): 92–105.

Boyle, Deirdre. “Introduction.” Chapters 3, 7, and 12 in Subject to Change: Guerrilla Television Revisited. Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN: 9780195110548.

Bodroghkozy, Aniko. Chapter 3 in Groove Tube: Sixties Television and the Youth Rebellion. Duke University Press Books, 2001. ISBN: 9780822326458.

8 Visit to MIT Museum
9 Youth Political Participation 1970–1990

Vellela, Tony. Chapters 1–3, 9–10, and 12. New Voices: Student Political Activism in the ’80s and ’90s. South End Press, 1999. ISBN: 9780896083417.

Soule, Sarah A. “The Student Divestment Movement in the United States and Tactical Diffusion: The Shantytown Protest.” Social Forces 75, no. 3 (1997): 855–82.

Reichard, David A. “Animating Ephemera through Oral History: Interpreting Visual Traces of California Gay College Student Organizing from the 1970s.” The Oral History Review 39, no. 1 (2012): 37–60.

Piepmeier, Alison. “Introduction.” Chapters 1 and 5 in Girl Zines: Making Media, Doing Feminism. NYU Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780814767528.

10 Youth Political Participation since 1990

Allen, Danielle, and Jennifer S. Light, eds. Chapters 3 and 4 in From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in a Digital Age. University of Chicago Press, 2015. ISBN: 9780226262260.

Bers, Marina Umaschi. “Civic Identities, Online Technologies: From Designing Civics Curriculum to Supporting Civic Experiences.” (PDF) Civic Life Online: Learning How Digital Media Can Engage Youth (2008): 139–60.

Goldman, Shelley, Angela Booker, et al. “Mixing the Digital, Social, and Cultural: Learning, Identity, and Agency in Youth Participation.” (PDF) Youth, Identity, and Digital Media (2008): 185–206.

Cohen, Cathy J., and Joseph Kahne. “New Media and Youth Political Action.” (PDF - 1.5MB) Participatrory Politics (2011).

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