The Modern School Movement: Anarchism and Education in the United States

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AK Press, Jan 1, 2005 - Education - 434 pages
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Based on extensive interviews with former pupils and teachers, this Pulitzer Prize-nominated work is a seminal and important investigation into the potential of educational alternatives. Between 1910 and 1960 anarchists across the United States established more than 20 schools wherein children studied in an atmosphere of freedom and self-reliance. The Modern Schools stood in sharp contrast to the formality and discipline of the traditional classroom and sought to abolish all forms of authority. Their object was to create not only a new type of school, but also a new society based on the voluntary cooperation of free individuals. Among the participants were Emma Goldman, Margaret Sanger, Alexander Berkman and Man Ray.

 

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User Review  - Stephie Jane Rexroth - Goodreads

"[Harry] Kelly died on May 27, 1953… He was buried in Chicago's Waldheim Cemetery near Emma Goldman and Voltairine de Cleyre. His epitaph reads: 'He shared his life with humanity.'" Read full review

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A comprehensive treatment of a fascinating subject: my fellow City School and Hampshire College alumni, I expect, will recognize much in the pedagogical and social methods of followers of Francisco Ferrer and others in the Modern School Movement. Read full review

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Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York.

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