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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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When We Were Free to Be

Karin A. Martin

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes the author as a product of the progressive, optimistic zeitgeist that created the show That Girl and made it a hit. Feminism nipped at the heels of her childhood. Title IX, the Equal Opportunity in Education Act, passed the summer she was ten, though it would take years to reach them. Her junior high still had girls' and boys' gym. Her male classmates were still assigned to wood and metal shop courses. The ladies were schooled in cooking, sewing, and the proper way to decorate homes and give themselves manicures. In their other, more academic, classrooms, though, the times they were a-changin'. Their eighth-grade English teacher assigned them a biography of Lenny Bruce and the poetry of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan. In social studies, they read John Hersey's Hiroshima and debated the ethics of dropping the Bomb. Hard to imagine those things happening today, when learning is measured in percentiles and evolution is taught as a “theory.”

Keywords:   optimistic zeitgeist, feminism, Title IX, Equal Opportunity, metal shop courses

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