Student's Guide to Landmark Congressional Laws on Youth

Student's Guide to Landmark Congressional Laws on Youth

by Kathleen Uradnik


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Though it may seem hard to believe, it took America's lawmakers some 110 years before they crafted legislation aimed at protecting the welfare of children. Eventually, laws were passed to aid and protect children. This ideal student reference examines and explains in detail 20 such laws that have affected America's youth in various ways. A discussion of the history and impact of each law is followed by a carefully edited version of the law itself. Examples include the National School Lunch Act, which provided free or reduced-cost meals to young students; the Uniform Drinking Age Act, which set the national drinking age at 21; the Fair Labor Standard Act, the first successful federal attempt to regulate child labor; and the Selective Service Act, which required young men to register for the draft.

The landmark laws are divided into three parts: Health and Welfare Laws, Citizenship and Democratic Participation Laws, and Education Laws. The laws are organized chronologically within each section. An introductory overview examines the history of children's issues in federal legislation and explores reform movements and the advocacy of children's concerns. The introduction also makes manifestly clear that students are not an unempowered constituency, and have ample opportunities to make their voices heard. A timeline and appendix will also aid student research, making this volume an indispensable guide to America's laws concerning its young people.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313314612
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 01/30/2002
Series: Student's Guide to Landmark Congressional Laws
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

KATHLEEN URADNIK is Assistant Professor of Political Science at St.Cloud State University. She specializes in public law and American government.

Table of Contents

Series Foreword


A New Legislature for a New Nation

Making Young People a Political Constituency

The Future of Young People's Rights

Methodology for Landmark Congressional Legislation for Youth

Timeline for Enactment of Laws

Health and Welfare Laws

Social Security Act

Fair Labor Standards Act

National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act

Medicaid and Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment for Children

National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act

Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act and Clean Air Act Amendments

Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments and Food Quality Protection Act

State Children's Health Insurance Program

Citizenship and Democratic Participation Laws

14th Amendment and Immigration and Naturalization Act Amendments

26th Amendment

Military Selective Service Act

Uniform Drinking Age Act and Federal Zero Tolerance Law

Fair Housing Act Amendments

Child Citizenship Act and Intercountry Adoption Act

Education Laws

Head Start

Elementary and Secondary School Education Act

Higher Education Act

Rehabilitaion Act of 1973

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Americans with Disabilities Act


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