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Religion and the public schools in 19th century America : the contribution of Orestes A. Brownson /
Edward J. Power.
New York : Paulist Press, c1996.
v, 182 p. ; 23 cm.
0809136120 (alk. paper)
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New York : Paulist Press, c1996.
0809136120 (alk. paper)
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 172-176) and index.
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Power explains the ways Brownson contributed to the development of public and Catholic schools in the US. A friend of Henry David Thoreau and a Unitarian minister, Brownson converted to Catholicism in 1842. Born in Stockbridge, Vermont, in 1803, Brownson won fame as editor of Boston Quarterly Review and Brownson's Quarterly Review. Perhaps because he had only five years of formal education, Brownson preferred intelligently run libraries to schools. However, by 1860, as public schools spread throughout the US, Brownson urged Catholics to set up their own schools, academies, and colleges. Before his death in 1876, Catholic educators invited Brownson to teach at the University of Notre Dame and the Catholic University of Ireland. John Henry Newman, Brownson's contemporary and more celebrated convert, wrote more profoundly, but Brownson offered well-written journalistic analyses of educational problems. Most important, he expressed intelligent opposition to the "common school movement" that grew from 1830 to 1860. For this reason, Power's clearly written volume illuminates the complexities in the spread of education pointed out by such historians as David Tyack in The One Best System (1974). General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. Watras University of Dayton
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Table of Contents
Prefacep. v
Introductionp. 1
An Aper├žu of Brownson's Religious Pilgrimage and Journalistic Careerp. 46
Brownson's General Educational Perspectivep. 68
Brownson' S Theory of Educational Authority and Responsibilityp. 102
Brownson on Catholic Schoolsp. 126
Afterwordp. 153
Notesp. 159
Works Cited or Consultedp. 172
Indexp. 177
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