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

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

Format:  Hardcover,

324 pages

Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr

Publish Date: Nov 2012

ISBN-13: 9780807837238

ISBN-10: 0807837237

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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.
Featuring a prologue by Marlo Thomas, "When We Were Free to Be" offers an unprecedented insiders' view by the original creators, as well as accounts by activists and educators who changed the landscape of childhood in schools, homes, toy stores, and libraries nationwide. Essays document the rise of non-sexist children's culture during the 1970s and address how "Free to Be" still speaks to families today.
Contributors are Alan Alda, Laura Briggs, Karl Bryant, Becky Friedman, Nancy Gruver, Carol Hall, Carole Hart, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Joe Kelly, Cheryl Kilodavis, Dionne Kirschner, Francine Klagsbrun, Stephen Lawrence, Laura L. Lovett, Courtney Martin, Karin A. Martin, Tayloe McDonald, Trey McIntyre, Peggy Orenstein, Leslie Paris, Miriam Peskowitz, Deesha Philyaw, Abigail Pogrebin, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Robin Pogrebin, Patrice Quinn, Lori Rotskoff, Deborah Siegel, Jeremy Adam Smith, Barbara Sprung, Gloria Steinem, and Marlo Thomas.

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Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr
Publish Date: Nov 2012
ISBN-13: 9780807837238
ISBN-10: 0807837237
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 324
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.4
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.5 x 9.75 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Introduction
Inspiration
Prologue
Free to Be Memories
Creating a World for Free Children The Foundations of Free to Be … You and Me
In the Beginning
A Thousand Fond Memories and a Few Regrets
Mommies and Daddies
Free to Be … the Music
Thinking about Free to Be
Beyond the Fun and Song
Free to Be … a Child
How a Preschool Teacher Became Free to Be
Free to Be … You and Me in Historical Context
Where the Children Are Free
Free to Be … You and Me, Second-Wave Feminism, and 1970s American Children's Culture
Little Women's Libbers" and "Free to Be Kids" Children and the Struggle for Gender Equality in the United States
Child's Play Boys' Toys, Women's Work, and "Free Children
Getting the Message Audiences Respond to Free to Be … You and Me
Parents Are Still People Gender and Child Rearing across Generations
Genderfication Starts Here Dispatches from My Twins' First Year
Free to Be Conflicted
Ringside Seat at the Revolution Abigail pogrebin
Free to Be the Dads We Want to Be
Little Bug Wants a Doll
Growing a Free to Be Family
Can William Have a Doll Now? The Legacy of Free to Be in Parenting Aduice Books
How Free Are We to Be? Cultural Legacies and Critiques
Free to Be or Free to Buy?
On Square Dancing and Title IX
William's Doll" and Me
When Michael Jackson Grew Up A Mother's Reflections on Race, Pop Culture, and Self-Acceptance
Whose World Is This?
Mario and Me
Free to Be on West 80th Street
A Free Perspective
When We Grow Up
The Price of Freedom
Lessons and Legacies You're Free to Be … a Champion
Epilogue
Appendix: The Songs, Stories, and Skits of Free to Be … You and Me A Content Overview
Notes
About the Contributors
Acknowledgments
Copyright Credits for Contributions to the Book
Index

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2012-12-07)

When We Were Free To Be is a curious title for this book, as it may imply that we are no longer free to be whomever we choose. The 1972 record album and illustrated book, Free To Be You. and Me, which this new volume memorializes, offered gender-neutral stories sung or told by celebrities of the day. The Free To Be Foundation still exists. Contributors to that classic understandably take pride here in what they accomplished.

Marlo Thomas, who conceived of the idea behind Free To Be, is here (heavily represented in the photographs), along with Ms. magazine cofounder Gloria Steinem, actor Alan Alda, and writer Deborah Siegel, whose "Dispatches from My Twins' First Year" nicely captures the everyday quandaries of parents trying to be nonsexist. Rotskoff (Barnard Ctr. for Research on Women) and Lovett (history, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst) include separate essays by social justice activist Letty Cottin Pogrebin and her daughters Robin Pogrebin and Abigail Pogrebin, thus providing distinct generational perspectives.

Verdict: General readers familiar with the original record or book, both still available, and researchers interested in social, gender, and media studies will appreciate this work.

-Ellen Gilbert, Princeton, NJ

(c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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.

Featuring a prologue by Marlo Thomas, When We Were Free to Be offers an unprecedented insiders' view by the original creators, as well as accounts by activists and educators who changed the landscape of childhood in schools, homes, toy stores, and libraries nationwide. Essays document the rise of non-sexist children's culture during the 1970s and address how Free to Be still speaks to families today.

Contributors are Alan Alda, Laura Briggs, Karl Bryant, Becky Friedman, Nancy Gruver, Carol Hall, Carole Hart, Dorothy Pitman Hughes, Joe Kelly, Cheryl Kilodavis, Dionne Kirschner, Francine Klagsbrun, Stephen Lawrence, Laura L. Lovett, Courtney Martin, Karin A. Martin, Tayloe McDonald, Trey McIntyre, Peggy Orenstein, Leslie Paris, Miriam Peskowitz, Deesha Philyaw, Abigail Pogrebin, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Robin Pogrebin, Patrice Quinn, Lori Rotskoff, Deborah Siegel, Jeremy Adam Smith, Barbara Sprung, Gloria Steinem, and Marlo Thomas.

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