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When We Were Free to Be: Looking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made

Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett


If you grew up in the era of mood rings and lava lamps, you probably remember Free to Be … You and Me—the groundbreaking children's record, book, and television special that debuted in 1972. Conceived by actress and producer Marlo Thomas and promoted by Ms. magazine, it captured the spirit of the growing women's movement, and inspired girls and boys to challenge stereotypes, value cooperation, and respect diversity. In this lively collection marking the fortieth anniversary of Free to Be … You and Me, thirty-two contributors explore the creation and legacy of this popular children's classic. F ... More

Keywords: Children's record, television special, Marlo Thomas, women's movement, stereotypes, value cooperation, diversity, activists, educators, childhood

Bibliographic Information

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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Lori Rotskoff, editor

Laura L. Lovett, editor

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Lori Rotskoff & Laura L. Lovett



Marlo Thomas

Free to Be Memories

Dionne Gordon Kirschner

In the Beginning

Carole Hart

Mommies and Daddies

Carol Hall

Free to Be … the Music

Stephen Lawrence

Beyond the Fun and Song

Francine Klagsbrun

Free to Be … a Child

Gloria Steinem

Part Two Free to Be … You and Me in Historical Context

Part Three Parents Are Still People Gender and Child Rearing across Generations

Free to Be Conflicted

Robin Pogrebin

Growing a Free to Be Family

Nancy Gruver & Joe Kelly

Part Four How Free Are We to Be? : Cultural Legacies and Critiques

Free to Be or Free to Buy?

Peggy Orenstein

Whose World Is This?

Courtney E. Martin

Marlo and Me

Becky Friedman

Free to Be on West 80th Street

Dorothy Pitman Hughes

A Free Perspective

Patrice Quinn

When We Grow Up

Trey McIntyre

The Price of Freedom

Tayloe McDonald


Laura L. Lovett