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Children’s periodical founded: The Juvenile Magazine
1788 American children’s magazines have an odd beginning, as an English magazine publishes much of the material that will appear in the first American magazine for children. (Well, we had to start somewhere … )
1808 A start is made as the importing of slaves to the U. S. is prohibited. (We had to begin somehow … )
Children’s magazines founded: Youth’s Magazine: or, Evangelical MiscellanyThe Sunday Visitant, or, Weekly Repository of Christian KnowledgeJuvenile Gazette
1818 Illinois becomes a state.
Children’s magazines founded: Youth’s JournalThe Scholar’s Quarterly Journal ; The Scholar’s JournalThe HiveThe Juvenile RepertoryThe Sabbath School Messenger, and Children’s Friend
1828 A giftbook begins that will publish some unforgettable writers; and Eliza Leslie publishes a cookbook that begins her amazing literary career. (She’ll later edited a giftbook that includes works by Edgar Allan Poe.)
Children’s magazines founded: Child’s CompanionThe Youth’s Penny PaperThe Children’s Catholic MagazineThe Juvenile Depository, or Youth’s Mental Casket ; Youth’s Mental Casket, and Literary Star ; Casket and StarYouth’s Magazine: A Monthly MiscellanyCompanion for Youth
1838 Eliza Leslie remembers the fire that devastated New York City three years earlier.
Children’s magazines founded: The Boys’ and Girls’ Journal; The Boys’ and Girls’ Weekly Penny Journal; The Boys’ and Girls’ Penny Journal; Fithian’s Magazine for Girls and Boys; Fithian’s Miniature Magazine: A Student Manual and Fireside Miscellany Devoted to the Useful and BeautifulThe Boys’ and Girls’ Magazine, and Fireside Companion ; Forrester’s Boys’ and Girls’ Magazine, and Fireside CompanionThe Young People’s Mirror and American Family Visitor ; Young People’s Mirror ; MirrorJuvenile GazetteThe Scholar’s Penny GazetteThe Youth’s Pictorial MagazineThe AsteroidThe Student ; The Student and Family MiscellanyYoung People’s Journal of Science, Literature, & Art
1848 Beginnings of all kinds, as gold is found Sutter’s Mill, in California; spirits rap out messages via the Fox sisters and start a new religion; Wisconsin becomes a state; John Russell Bartlett publishes the first dictionary of Americanisms; and women’s rights are discussed at Seneca Falls.
Children’s magazines founded: The ExcelsiorThe Orphans’ FriendThe Sparkling FountThe Young Christian SoldierSargent’s School MonthlyYoung America Monthly MagazineYoung People’s Monthly
1858 Communication comes to the fore, as a second attempt at a transatlantic cable succeeds (for about a month); the U. S. enjoys its first cross-country mail delivery (still going); and Fanny Seward publishes a tiny bit of wishful thinking. Meanwhile, Comet Donati graces the skies; and Minnesota is admitted as a state (hurrah for the University of Minnesota and all who graduate therefrom!).
Children’s magazines founded: The Sunday School MessengerYoung People’s MagazineThe Little GleanerGuiding Star: A Sunday Paper for Boys and GirlsLittle MessengerBoys’ and Girls’ New Monthly MagazineGood Words for the YoungThe Young Folks’ NewsThe Minnesota Pupil ; The Minnesota Pupil and Youth’s National GazetteChildren of the WestBoys’ JournalYouth’s Manual ; The Weekly Manual ; The Youth’s Manual ; The Temperance Star ; The Youth’s Guide
1868 Louisa May Alcott edits Robert Merry’s Museum (not her best work); Henry Ward Beecher publishes Norwood in book form (not his best work); Winslow Homer contributes engravings to Our Young Folks (not his best work); and Gail Hamilton dismantles the ricky logic of John Todd’s Woman’s Rights and argues for women’s rights (very much some of her best work).
Copyright 2018, Pat Pflieger

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