Book Reviews / International Journal of Children’s Rights 19 (2011) 357–374 361 Barbara Bennett Woodhouse, Hidden In Plain Sight – Th e Tragedy of Children’s Rights from Ben Franklin to Lionel Tate . Princeton University Press, 2008 ISBN 978-0-691-12690-6. 357 pages It is refreshing to come across books like this one (and also Fineman and Worthington, 2009, which I am reviewing elsewhere, Freeman (2011). We all know the U.S.A. has failed to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and many of us are familiar with books like What’s Wrong with Children’s Rights – there is no question mark – (Guggenheim, 2005, and see Freeman, 2006) which lambaste children’s rights. Woodhouse comes therefore as a breath of fresh air. Her book, using the narrative method, tells the tragic untold story of children’s rights in America. It explores the meaning of children’s rights through a broad swathe of American history, interweaving the childhood stories of iconic ﬁ gures like Benjamin Franklin (and the one non-American surveyed, Anne Frank) with children less known but no less courageous, like those who marched for civil rights. One chapter – that which deals with sexual abuse – is about the
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Published: Jan 1, 2011
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