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Digital Humanities Talk: The U.S. Teenager's Debut in the 1940s

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Faculty, Teaching Academic Staff, Non-Teaching Academic Staff, Graduate Students, Graduate Research Assistants, Graduate Teaching Assistants

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2013
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: East Wing, Golda Meir Library, Second Floor east

Presenter: Joe Austin

"The U.S. Teenager's Debut: Criminalization and Newspapers in the 1940s," Joe Austin (History, UWM) The "teenager" as a recognizable, mass social identity emerged in the US in the early 1940s, with claims to a high school education, some measure of consumer prosperity, a place in an age-based peer culture, an expanded leisure time and a list of loose freedoms, including a 4-year "grace" period for minor criminal infractions. Using searches of 10 digitalized newspaper archives, the larger project tracks the rise of the "teenager" in public discussions, with particular attention to African American youth in central cities and criminalization across time. Were African American youths allotted the same social claims to "teenagerhood" as racially "white" youths? This presentation looks at the first decade of the project, the 1940s, and my quixotic attempts to usefully search, manage, analyze, and read several thousand digital newspaper articles.

For more information or to request special accommodations, contact: Matthew Russell, (414) 229-5764 .

 


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