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The School in the United States: A Documentary History / Edition 3

The School in the United States: A Documentary History / Edition 3

by James W. Fraser
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The School in the United States collects the essential primary documents of the history of education in the United States, from Colonial America to present-day reform efforts. Expertly chosen by historian and education scholar James Fraser, these documents incorporate a wide range of sources, from first-person accounts to textbook excerpts and presidential speeches. As Fraser demonstrates, the history of American education is also a history of national debates and decisions about schooling, and he places the prominent voices of these debates in conversation through carefully curated selections, including the work of famous thinkers like Thomas Jefferson and W.E.B. Dubois, as well as that of ordinary classroom teachers.

Organized by era, each chapter begins with a brief introduction intended to spark student interest, while a detailed bibliography suggests opportunities for further research. The School in the United States is comprehensive enough to be used as a main text, but selective enough to be used alongside another while making key readings in the history of American education accessible in a format that encourages students to make their own evaluations as they engage with major historical debates.

Updates to this third edition include:

• Additional materials on current educational issues including the Common Core State Standards, educational philanthropy, and increased school privatization and vouchers.

• Online resources that include a full Instructor’s Manual and sample syllabi, available at

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415832472
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/27/2014
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 422
Sales rank: 646,278
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

James W. Fraser is the 2013-2014 President of the History of Education Society and Professor of History and Education at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development at New York University, USA.

Table of Contents


1. The School in Colonial America, 1620-1770
2. The American Revolution and Schools for the New Republic, 1770-1820
3. The Common School Movement, 1820-1860
4. Schooling Moves West, 1835-1860
5. Slavery, Reconstruction, and the Schools of the South 1820-1937
6. The Emergence of the High School, 1821-1959
7. Growth and Diversity in Schools and Students, 1880-1960
8. The Progressive Era, 1890-1950
9. Schools in the Cold War Era, 1950-1970
10. Civil Rights, Integration, and School Reform, 1954-1980
11. Rights and Opportunities in American Education1965-1980
12. Reform Efforts of the 1980s and 1990s
13. From No Child Left Behind to the Common Core, 2001-2013

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