With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Children and Youth in History website was designed to help teachers and students learn about young people throughout history by providing access to information about the lived experiences of children and youth from multiple perspectives as well as changing notions about childhood and adolescence in past cultures and civilizations. The materials on this website address such questions as: What was it like to be a child or adolescent throughout history? How is childhood defined? How has it changed and how has it remained the same? What factors have shaped childhood and how did children shape history, society, and culture?
Children and Youth in History is a free website with four key features:
- a Primary Source Database with 200 resources along with guidance on how to use those sources critically and tools for annotating and organizing the sources;
- 50 Website Reviews that focus on valuable online resources for studying and teaching the history of childhood and youth in world history;
- 10 Teaching Modules that provide historical context, teaching tools, and strategies for teaching with sets of primary sources drawn from the Primary Source Database; and
- 20 Teaching Case Studies by experienced scholars and teachers that model strategies for using primary sources to teach the history of childhood and youth.