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The Children in Urban America Project is devoted to showing childhood as not only a construct of adults -- the rules and institutions and expectations created for children -- but also as a phase of life created by children themselves. "Through Children's Eyes" offers in one place all of the documents and images produced by children describing their lives and perceptions. Virtually all of these documents -- or at least portions of them -- are available in the site's four main content areas, but this section allows users to search all those oral histories, memoirs, drawings, and other sources separately.

Special topics

Special topics are packages of documents and images we've found interesting in our research. If you're wondering where to start, you can select a topic and explore.

Boys huddle during a pickup football game in a Milwaukee East Side back yard in the 1940s. Inspired by Notre Dame's famous "Four Horsemen," they called themselves the "Four Pony Boys."
Photo courtesy David Draves

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