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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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Where the Children Are Free Free to Be … You and Me, Second-Wave Feminism, and 1970s American Children's Culture

Where the Children Are Free Free to Be … You and Me, Second-Wave Feminism, and 1970s American Children's Culture

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When We Were Free to Be
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Leslie Paris

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff.15

This chapter talks about a group of fifth-grade girls in Torrance, California, south of Los Angeles, who spent their “free period” at school writing to actress and feminist Marlo Thomas. The girls were enthusiastic fans of the 1972 album, Free to Be … You and Me, that Thomas had spearheaded. Wrote Leslie F., “I want to tell you what a great record you put out, ‘Free to be, You and me.’ It really goes deep in to things like womans lib, and its okay, for a boy to play with a doll.” Her classmate, Karen M., concurred: “I'm only in the fifth grade but I feel I can understand these songs. They are so meaningful and sensitive.” Christina F. related that “our class plays it every day and they all enjoy it! The songs in it are far-out because they all tell a little story by themselves.”

Keywords:   fifth-grade girls, Torrance, California, free period, feminist, Marlo Thomas

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