This chapter examines the introduction of reform to protect children from the negative influence of the night life in American cities during the late 1800s and early 1900s. It explains that working-class children participated in both nightlife and night work. It discusses the creation of supervised recreation centers such as boys’ clubs, the regulation of child labor in the streets, and the implementation of juvenile curfews from 1880 to 1930. This chapter also describes the new institutional framework that was in place to restrict children’s access to urban night in 1930.
Keywords: children, night life, working-class children, night work, supervised recreation centers, child labor, juvenile curfews