Raising Your Kids Right
Children's Literature and American Political Conservatism
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Rutgers University Press
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Abraham Lincoln asserted, “Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed. He who molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes or decisions possible or impossible to execute” (128)....
Introduction. "In Adam's Fall, We Sinned All": The Conservative Tradition in U.s. Children's Literature, Culture, and Politics
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In May 2008, the University of Colorado at Boulder made headlines when it announced its intention to hire a professor of Conservative Studies. The news came via the university’s launch of a one-year capital campaign to raise the nine million dollars necessary to endow the position. According to Chancellor ...
1. “Give Me Some of That Old-Time Reading”: William Bennett's The Book of Virtues and The Rise of Right-Leaning Literature for Young Readers
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Arguably, no single American political figure has been more responsible for bringing the foundational conservative issue of values into the national public debate than William J. Bennett. Joshua Green offers his assessment: “For more than 20 years, as a writer, speaker, government official, and political operative, ...
2. “I Speak for the National Oak Flooring Manufacturers Association”: Truax, the Anti-Green Movement, and the Corporate Production of Children's Literature
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In 1971, Dr. Seuss published the book that biographers Judith and Neil Morgan indicate was not only his self-acknowledged favorite (211), but also his most overtly political: The Lorax. After penning narratives for young readers that addressed serious social issues like racial discrimination in The Sneetches (1961), ...
3. Not Just Christianity, But the Christian Right: The Battle over Public Education and the American Sunday School Movement in the Left Behind Series for Kids
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In 1998, U.S. evangelical minister Tim LaHaye and prolific Christian writer Jerry B. Jenkins released the first novel in the Left Behind series for kids. Called The Vanishings, it was modeled after their tremendously successful Christian themed narratives for adults. Briefly, The Vanishings follows the experiences ...
4. Patriot Acts: Fighting the War on Terror via the Canon Wars in Lynne Cheney's Picture Books
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While evangelical figures such as Tim LaHaye and movements such as the Christian Right, discussed in chapter 3, played an important role in the expansion of conservative thought and right-wing politics since the 1970s, another less publicly visible but equally powerful influence was also instrumental: the proliferation of think tanks....
5. Pundit Knows Best: The Self-Help Boom, Brand Marketing, and The O'Reilly Factor for Kids
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Few other media personalities have enjoyed more success during the past decade than Bill O’Reilly. His nightly current events and political talk program The O’Reilly Factor, which first aired in 1996, is the most popular cable news show in the United States, routinely attracting more than two million viewers (Crupi)....
6. “One State, Two State, Red State, Blue State”: Bringing Partisan Politics to Picture Books in Katharine DeBrecht's Help! Mom! Series
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In 2005, after one of the most divisive presidential elections in U.S. history, a small California-based publishing company called World Ahead released the first title in its new line of children’s books: Help! Mom! There Are Liberals under My Bed! Written by Katharine DeBrecht and illustrated by Jim Hummel, the story follows...
7. “The Gosh-Darnit, Doggone It, You-Betcha Wink Heard ’Round the World”: The 2008 Presidential Election, the State of the Conservative Movement, and the Future of Rightist Books for Young Readers
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After enjoying a reign spanning several decades, the conservative social movement and rightist political clout showed noticeable signs of weakening by late 2008. Perhaps the most obvious indicator of this shift was the dramatic drop in public support for President George W. Bush. By mid-October, only 7 percent...
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Page Count: 260
Illustrations: 16 photographs,
Publication Year: 2010
Series Title: Series in Childhood Studies
Series Editor Byline: Myra Bluebond-Langner