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American education, the metropolitan experience, 1876-1980 /
Lawrence A. Cremin.
1st ed. --
New York : Harper & Row, c1988.
xiii, 781 p.
0060158042 :
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New York : Harper & Row, c1988.
0060158042 :
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Includes index.
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Report U of T.
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Bibliography: p. 685-753.
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This item was nominated for the following awards:
Pulitzer Prize, USA, 1981 : Won
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Appeared in Choice on 1988-09:
Cremin (Columbia University) here completes his capacious three-volume history of American education, which includes American Education: The Colonial Experience, 1607-1783 (1970) and American Education: The National Experience, 1783-1876 (1980). Cremin's effort "to present a comprehensive, scholarly account of the history of American education," is history in the grand tradition, and Cremin joins that pantheon of liberal historians that includes Merle Curti, Henry Steele Commager, and Richard Hofstader. Cremin's view of the nature and character of the American paideia has been carefully enunciated in his earlier Traditions of American Education (CH, Jul '77), a philosophical primer that, for Cremin, explains the animating forces of American educational practice (i.e., ideas of progress, community, liberal humanitarianism, and social melioration). Cremin traces here the transformation and proliferation of educative institutions since 1876 as the US became a metropolitan society; explores the evolving ethnoreligious configurations of education; clarifies and chronicles the role of unprecedented social progressive reformism; and "explicates the myriad ways in which popularization, multitudinousness, and politicization became the leading characteristics of (contemporary) American education." No work in American educational or social history is truly comparable to Cremin's three-volume American Education. Not only in size but its comprehensive coverage, lucid scholarship, and brilliant design, it represents the best of American scholarship. Essential acquisition for academic libraries at all levels. -F. Cordasco, Montclair State College
Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1988-01-29:
With this final volume in the trilogy that includes The Colonial Experience 1670-1783 and American Education: The National Experience, 1783-1876, Cremin, a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, puts in place a comprehensive, scholarly architecture of the history of American education. The present volume traces into this decade the multiphasic transformation of educative institutions in the United Statessettlement houses, libraries, museums, as well as schools and collegesand spotlights such seminal agents of change as Margaret Mead and John Dewey in an overview that visualizes the configurations of education in the 20th century. The urbanization of the United States, the social and industrial complexities of the technological age made far-reaching demands on education. The author cites the variety of institutionalized responses to new needs but maintains ``there was the ubiquitous and incessant education implicit in the very nature of metropolitan life,'' which has effects reaching far beyond our continental confines. Cremin's historiographical mode makes important educational history accessible to a wide audience. (March)
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