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Confinement of children in the 18th century?

I was reading the 1976 article, "Benjamin Rush and His Insane Son," published in the Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine. I became intrigued by this: Rush wrote to a friend that "My eldest son ... has more than once begged me to flog him in preference to confining him" (1319).

How prevalent was confining children as a punishment in the late 18th and early 19th century? Is there literature on this that people could recommend?

[Ed. note (PBK): our friends at H-Childhood would also be a good source on this question.]

CFP: Washington Early American Seminar 2018-19

The Washington Area Early American Seminar, hosted by the University of Maryland, College Park, invites proposals from scholars wishing to present work in progress in the next academic year on any topic connected to Atlantic world or American history prior to 1865. Genuine work in progress is preferable to polished, already-accepted pieces and we especially welcome proposals from scholars farther afield who will be visiting the DC area for research this coming year. 

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