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School, Society, & State: A New Education to Govern Modern America, 1890 – 1940

Tracy L. Steffes


“Democracy has to be born anew every generation, and education is its midwife,” wrote John Dewey in his classic work The School and Society. This book places that idea at the center of its exploration of the connections between public school reform in the early twentieth century and political development in America from 1890 to 1940. American public schooling was not merely another reform project of the Progressive Era, but a central one. The book addresses why Americans invested in public education and explains how an array of reformers subtly transformed schooling into a tool of social gover ... More

Keywords: John Dewey, school reform, politics, Progressive Era, public education, social governance, industrialization, urbanization, America, democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780226772097
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226772127.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tracy L. Steffes, author