Writing by Publication: Songbirds and Satellites

I named this dissertation research blog at a time when I was thinking a lot about the divergent qualities of objects that people designate as particularly appealing to children. “Songbirds” refers to the nature-study curriculum movement of the early twentieth century; “Satellites” to the postwar emphasis on engineering, national defense, and exploration.

Posts were a mix of research reports, reviews of contemporary culture that resonated with my research questions (but didn’t fit into my chronological remit), and reflections on current events that were connected to my dissertation.


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