Childhood Rites of Passage

GEOG/HST 170: Historical Geography, University of Vermont

May 2022

Dr. Meghan Cope (

Student Researchers: Jared Berlin, Evan Calves, Colin Finnegan, Sarah Plaut, Grace Suga

This project takes a close look at historical childhood rites of passage, with a focus on the period from 1880 to 1950. We looked at everything from schooling to working to puberty. We found that historical rites of passage varied for children depending on their geographical location, age, class, gender, culture, and more. For example, rates of attending school vary drastically from state to state, puberty rituals differ by culture and class, and external factors like industrialization also played a role. Check out the rest of the site for more!