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    The Crime of Precocious Sexuality

    Female Juvenile Delinquency in the Progressive Era

    Steven Schlossman, Stephanie Wallach
    The juvenile justice system's discrimination against poor and minority children has been well documented, but the system's discrimination on the basis of gender has been less widely recognized. Drawing on neglected court records and secondary sources, Steven Schlossman and Stephanie Wallach show how girls bore a disproportionate share of the burden of juvenile justice in the Progressive era. The authors note that during the Progressive era female juvenile delinquents often received more severe punishments than males, even though boys usually were charged with more serious crimes. Schlossman and Wallach conclude that the discriminatory treatment of female delinquents in the early twentieth century resulted from racial prejudice, new theories of adolescence, and Progressive-era movements to purify society.

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    Spring 1978 Issue

    Abstracts

    A New Perspective on the Effects of First-Grade Teachers on Children's Subsequent Adult Status
    Eigil Pedersen, Thérèse Annette Faucher, William W. Eaton
    Structuring School Structure
    Hugh Mehan
    The Crime of Precocious Sexuality
    Female Juvenile Delinquency in the Progressive Era
    Steven Schlossman, Stephanie Wallach
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