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State of the Field: What is the Legacy of the Common Schools Movement? Revisiting Carl Kaestle's 1983 Pillars of the Republic
Reviews in American History
  • Johann N. Neem, Western Washington University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
6-1-2016
Keywords
  • Common-schools movement,
  • "Pillars of the Republic",
  • Public schools
Abstract

Perhaps no one put it better than Ellwood Cubberley who, during the first half of the twentieth century, was America’s best-known education historian. Cubberley had attended common schools in Indiana, taught school, and served as superintendent in San Diego, before becoming an education professor at Stanford in 1898 and receiving his doctorate from Teachers College. In his 1919 Public Education in the United States, written for normal-school students, Cubberley laid down a moral tale. He was on the side of the school reformers. His story told of the heroic efforts of Horace Mann and others to overcome ignorance and resistance to achieve something great: public school systems.

DOI
https://muse.jhu.edu/article/621512
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Public schools--United States; Education--United States--History
Geographic Coverage
United States
Genre/Form
articles
Type
Text
Language
English
Format
application/pdf
Citation Information
Johann N. Neem. "State of the Field: What is the Legacy of the Common Schools Movement? Revisiting Carl Kaestle's 1983 Pillars of the Republic" Reviews in American History Vol. 44 Iss. 2 (2016) p. 342 - 355
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/johann_neem/65/