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By Mary E. Odem

Delinquent Daughters explores the gender, classification, and racial tensions that fueled campaigns to regulate lady sexuality in past due 19th- and early twentieth-century the United States. Mary Odem seems at those ethical reform hobbies from a countrywide standpoint, yet she additionally undertakes a close research of courtroom documents to discover the neighborhood enforcement of regulatory laws in Alameda and la Counties in California. From those criminal court cases emerge overlapping and infrequently contradictory perspectives of middle-class lady reformers, court docket and cops, working-class teenage women, and working-class mom and dad. Odem lines special levels of ethical reform. the 1st all started in 1885 with the flow to elevate the age of consent in statutory rape legislation as a way of shielding younger ladies from predatory males. by way of the flip of the century, although, reformers had come to view sexually energetic girls now not as sufferers yet as delinquents, and so they referred to as for particular police, juvenile courts, and reformatories to manage wayward ladies. Rejecting an easy hierarchical version of sophistication keep an eye on, Odem unearths a fancy community of struggles and negotiations between reformers, officers, teenage ladies and their households. She additionally addresses the paradoxical effects of reform through demonstrating that the protecting measures recommended by means of middle-class ladies frequently led to coercive and discriminatory regulations towards working-class girls.

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