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Our Frontier Is the World: The Boy Scouts in the Age of American Ascendancy

Mischa Honeck


Since its founding more than one hundred years ago, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has been a fulcrum in debates over what constitutes proper boyhood and manhood. Although the BSA developed a strong national identity, these debates had implications that extended far beyond the borders of the United States. Writing the global back into the history of one of the country’s largest youth organizations, Our Frontier is the World details how the BSA operated as a vehicle of empire from the Progressive Era to the countercultural movements of the second half of the twentieth century. American boys an ... More

Keywords: Scouting, Boy Scouts, empire, youth, manhood, boyhood, international relations, soft power, American Century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501716188
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501716188.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mischa Honeck, author
German Historical Institute