Tuesdays & Thursdays 11:00 am -12:20 pm

Dr. Tracy Teslow

This course explores the history of adoption in the United States. We will consider how ideas about childhood and families have changed since the 19th century and how factors including gender, nationality, class, and religion have impacted the process of placing children into adoptive homes. We pay particular attention to the way ideas about race impacted adoption, including the effect of segregation and the growth of interracial and transnational adoption in the late 20th century. Other issues we may study include private adoption, open adoption, and how social and biomedical sciences shaped American adoption.