Valuing New England Childhood Through the Joyful Deaths of Cotton Mather’s A Token for the Children of New England

  • Ivy Linton StabellEmail author
Part of the Literary Cultures and Childhoods book series (LICUCH)


James Janeway’s A Token for Children and Cotton Mather’s A Token for the Children of New England have long been read as a telling indication of the child’s place within the colonial world, and recognized as an important origin point for children’s literature in America. However, Mather’s text is typically discussed as an extension of Janeway’s collection of children’s conversion experiences and deaths, rather than a work with a perspective and audience of its own. Ivy Stabell decouples the texts and argues that A Token for the Children of New England is important to the history of American children’s literature not simply as an expansion of Janeway’s project, but that Mather’s inclusion of the lives of pious young New Englanders served as an act that initiated the now commonplace practice of delivering narratives about American children to American children.


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  1. 1.Iona CollegeNew RochelleUSA

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