Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America

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Praise for Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America

“Fascinating look at a seldom-studied topic. . . .Among the girls included are pioneers, former slaves, mill workers, children of farmers, and immigrants. They often speak for themselves through excerpts from letters, diary entries, and published memoirs . . . The author’s thorough research, inclusiveness, and accessible style make this book an essential resource.”
School Library Journal

“Excellent overview of what it has meant to be a girl in this country. . . .better than any history text or sociological treatise.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Quoting extensively from letters, diary entries, and memoirs, Colman lets young women comment directly on fashion, school, work, leisure time, family, and national events.”
The Horn Book

“Colman has set a big task for herself–chronicling the history of girls in America–but she succeeds quite well.”
Booklist

“The stories Colman shares cut across race, religion, and class and will have you asking for more.”
The Capital Times

“I absolutely loved it.”
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I do the picture research and take photographs for my books. For Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America, I gathered images from archives throughout the U.S., including the Minnesota Historical Society, Nebraska State Historical Society, American Antiquarian Society, Museum of New Mexico, and delved into my own family albums. Girls: A History of Growing Up Female in America has 131 images.


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