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August 21, 1943

Final Report, White House Conference on Children in a Democracy, Washington, D. C., January 18-20, 1940

JAMA. 1943;122(17):1213. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840340061031

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This is the final report of the conference which met in Washington, Jan. 18-20, 1940. Since its adjournment follow-up committees have been organized in twenty-six states and in Puerto Rico. The report outlines the point of view and perspectives of the conference and presents studies relating to child health and welfare in the American democracy. First there is a report on the numbers and distribution of children, followed by a discussion of the American setting, rural and urban, economic and cultural. The situation faced by children of minority groups is discussed, with special reference to inequalities and discriminations. A chapter is devoted to the common needs of all children—parents, family life, dwelling, health, protection, education and training, and preparation for later life. A chapter devoted to economic problems results in the interesting conclusion, among others, that "one of the principal objectives of sound economic life in a democracy is that

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