Pillars of the Republic: Common Schools and American Society, 1780-1860

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Macmillan, 1983 - Public schools - 266 pages
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"Pillars of the Republic "is a pioneering study of common-school development in the years before the Civil War. Public acceptance of state school systems, Kaestle argues, was encouraged by the people's commitment to republican government, by their trust in Protestant values, and by the development of capitalism. The author also examines the opposition to the Founding Fathers' educational ideas and shows what effects these had on our school system.

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1 Prologue The Founding Fathers and Education
2 Rural Schools in the Early Republic
3 Urban Education and the Expansion of Charity Schooling
4 Social Change and Education in the American Northeast 18301860
5 The Ideology of Antebellum CommonSchool Reform
6 The CommonSchool Reform Program
7 Ins and Outs Acquiescence Ambivalence and Resistance to CommonSchool Reform
8 Regional Differences in CommonSchool Development
9 Epilogue The Legacy of Common Schooling

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Carl F. Kaestle is University Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Education, History, and Public Policy at Brown University. He is author or editor of six books, including "Literacy in the United States: Readers and Reading since 1880".

Eric Foner is the preeminent historian of his generation. His books have won the top awards in the profession, and he has been president of both major history organizations, the American Historical Association and the Organization of American Historians. He is the author of Give Me Liberty!, which displays all of his trademark strengths as a scholar, teacher, and writer. A specialist on the Civil War/Reconstruction period, he regularly teaches the nineteenth-century survey at Columbia University, where he is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History. In 2011, Foner's The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery won the Pulitzer Prize in History, the Bancroft Prize, and the Lincoln Prize. His Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad is a 2015 New York Times bestseller.

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