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Registration and RecognitionDocumenting the Person in World History$
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Keith Breckenridge and Simon Szreter

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265314

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265314.001.0001

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Birth Registration and the Promotion of Children’s Rights in the Interwar Years

Birth Registration and the Promotion of Children’s Rights in the Interwar Years

The Save the Children International Union's Conference on the African Child and Herbert Hoover's American Child Health Association

(p.449) 17 Birth Registration and the Promotion of Children’s Rights in the Interwar Years
Registration and Recognition

Dominique Marshall

British Academy

The right of children to be registered at birth was not part of early universal declarations of entitlements for the young adopted in the wake of the First World War. But during the interwar years, the main proponents of these declarations — the Save the Children International Union and the American Child Health Association, headed by philanthropist and future President Herbert Hoover — soon understood that the registration of infants was at the basis of their work, especially that concerned with the reduction of infant mortality. This chapter studies their respective campaigns in Africa and in the United States, respectively, to show how registration came to be understood as a prerequisite for the full promises of children's rights to be realized. It draws surprising parallels between the two efforts, related to the size of the territory and the discrimination faced by children due to their race and their ethnic origins.

Keywords:   children's rights, Save the Children, Herbert Hoover, Child Health Association, birth registration, African children

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