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Leslie Paris

“Come on and ZOOM!”: ZOOM and 1970s American Childhood (owner)

From 1972 through 1978, WGBH produced one of the nation’s most celebrated and best-loved children’s television shows, ZOOM. Aimed at an audience of children from about seven to twelve years of age, ZOOM reached millions through the expanding national public television network of the 1970s. ZOOM’s conceit was that it was a show created by children, for children: young viewers sent in the ideas for its content, while ordinary children from the...

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Leslie Paris is Associate Professor of History at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she teaches modern American history and writes about the history of American childhood. She is the author of Children’s Nature: The Rise of the American Summer Camp (New York U. Press, 2008) and co-editor of the two-volume The Girls’ History and Culture Reader (U. of Illinois Press, 2011). Her work has been funded by numerous granting agencies, including the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Henry A. Murray Research Archive at Harvard University and the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis.

She is currently writing a history of American childhood in the 1960s and 1970s. If you were born between 1955 and 1979, were raised at least partly in the United States, and would like to take part in her research, please contact her at leslie.paris[AT]ubc[DOT]ca for more information.