Who Were the First Teenagers?

CI-023 Coney Island Teenagers, 1949

Teenagers have an important voice in today’s society. This needull looks at the history of teen culture and how it gained prominence.

I think what connects all of these characters is the pressure of adult society to control them or to regiment them, and regardless of their circumstances, adults either aimed to protect or control them. They all internalized it in different ways, and rebelled against it. That feels like the central tension of the film—this model of regimentation and then this kind of rebellion, in which young people try to create their own world, their own culture.

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Hunter Oatman- Stanford — Collectors Weekly

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