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Thrasher, Frederic Milton

George W. Knox

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI:

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Thrasher, Frederic Milton (1892–24 March 1962), sociologist, was born in Shelbyville, Indiana, the son of Milton B. Thrasher, a dry goods merchant, and Eva Lacy. In 1911 Thrasher was working as a newspaper reporter in Frankfort, Indiana. He obtained a B.A. from DePauw University, where he was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1917 he became an instructor in sociology at Ohio State University. He completed an M.A. in sociology at the University of Chicago in 1918. His master’s thesis, representing his first known research involving gangs, dealt with the history of the Boy Scout movement. The Boy Scouts were viewed as offering the kind of socialization that could prevent young men from joining gangs. This early formative research on youths would set the stage for his lifetime specialization. He would later work with a variety of organizations such as the Young Men’s Christian Association. This concentration on keeping children out of trouble and especially out of gangs became a lifelong quest for Thrasher....

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Subjects: Sociology ; Education

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