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The Anarchy of Children’s Archives: Citizenship and Empire in the Global 1930s

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Emily Murphy



This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).


This article considers how the archive, particularly material produced by children, destabilizes the boundaries between the domestic and the foreign, citizenship and empire. Through its analysis of a wave of educational reform in the United States during the 1930s, which encouraged global citizenship among the young, it demonstrates how children not typically associated with global citizenship—those from both rural and working-class backgrounds—engaged with the imperial messages embedded in global education of the period.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Murphy E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of American Studies

Year: 2023

Volume: 57

Issue: 5

Pages: 677-699

Online publication date: 08/02/2024

Acceptance date: 30/05/2023

Date deposited: 16/06/2023

ISSN (print): 0021-8758

ISSN (electronic): 1469-5154

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


DOI: 10.1017/S0021875823000439

ePrints DOI: 10.57711/fhbj-fm37


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