According to Riney-Kehrberg,
there are three main components (work, school, and play) to childhood on
the farm. What is her explanation for each component? Are her explanations
Are there any aspects of rural childhood that are
neglected in Childhood on the Farm?
Let’s look at the book’s organization. Why did Riney-Kehrberg include a separate chapter about the
neglected or delinquent children? Why not incorporate their stories within
the chapters about work, school, and play?
Unlike most childhood historians, Riney-Kehrberg includes a chapter about the transition
from childhood to adulthood. What does this chapter tell us about childhood on the farm?
(at length) her use of sources. What primary sources does she use as the
foundation for Childhood on the Farm?
What are the strength and weakness of these sources? Are there other
sources she might have consulted?