National Archives at Kansas City

Marilyn Irvin Holt to Discuss -Cold War Kids: Politics and Childhood in Postwar America, 1945-1960-

Press Release: April 23, 2015

National Archives at Kansas City

Marilyn Irvin Holt to Discuss Cold War Kids: Politics and Childhood in Postwar America, 1945-1960

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Wednesday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host Marilyn Irvin Holt who will discuss her book Cold War Kids: Politics and Childhood in Postwar America, 1945-1960. A free light reception will precede the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

Today we take it for granted that political leaders and presidential administrations will address issues related to children and teenagers. But in the not-so-distant past, politicians had little to say, and Federal programs had less to do with children-except those of very specific populations. Holt shows how the Cold War changed it all. Against the backdrop of the postwar baby boom, and the rise of a distinct teen culture, Cold War Kids unfolds the little-known story of how politics and Federal policy expanded their influence in shaping children's lives and experiences-making way for the youth attuned political culture that we have come to expect.

Copies of Holt’s book will be available for purchase and signing after the program. Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

About the Author

Marilyn Irvin Holt is an independent historian who has been a consultant for such PBS documentaries as The American Experience. She has been an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas. Her previous books include, The Orphan Trains: Placing out in America; Indian Orphanages; Linoleum, Better Babies, and the Modern Farm Woman; and Children of the Western Plains.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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