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.]

New Open Access Book: Feminism and the Politics of Childhood: Friends or Foes?

***Apologies for any cross-posting***

UCL Press is delighted to announce a brand new open access book that may be of interest to list subscribers: Feminism and the Politics of Childhood. Free download: https://goo.gl/qS5jmE

---------------------------------------------------------------------
Feminism and the Politics of Childhood: Friends or Foes?
Edited by Rachel Rosen and Katherine Twamley

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - childhood