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A Manufactured Wilderness: Summer Camps and the Shaping of American Youth, 1890-1960

Abigail A. Van Slyck

Abstract

Since they were first established in the 1880s, children’s summer camps have touched the lives of millions of people. Why were summer camps created? What concerns and ideals motivated their founders? Whom did they serve? How did they change over time? What factors influenced their design? To answer these and many other questions, this book looks at the most visible and evocative aspect of camp life: its landscape and architecture. It argues that summer camps delivered much more than a simple encounter with the natural world. Instead, it suggests, camps provided a man-made version of wilderness ... More

Keywords: summer camps, camp life, natural world, wilderness, middle-class anxieties, gender roles, class tensions, race relations, modernity, childhood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780816648764
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816648764.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abigail A. Van Slyck, author