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Granville Stanley Hall (1844–1924) is a significant figure in the history of psychology and childhood studies. Scholars have long acknowledged the important role he played in helping to establish psychology as a new academic discipline in the United States. His intellectual convictions and ambitions took him into the public realm, too, where he was involved in influential social reform movements of his time. Hall’s scientific stature faltered in the middle of his career, for several reasons discussed in this entry. However, scholars have argued that the 1904 publication of his two-volume masterpiece, Adolescence, helped restore his reputation. A few years later, Hall hosted Sigmund Freud on his first and only trip to the United States, when Freud gave a landmark series of lectures in ...

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