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6th Edition

American Education
A History

ISBN 9781138387577
Published February 4, 2019 by Routledge
400 Pages 30 B/W Illustrations

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American Education: A History, Sixth Edition is a comprehensive, highly regarded history of American education from precolonial times to the present. Chronologically organized, it provides an objective overview of each major period in the development of American education, setting the discussion against the broader backdrop of national and world events. In addition to its in-depth exploration of Native American traditions (including education) prior to colonization, it also offers strong, ongoing coverage of minorities and women. This much-anticipated sixth edition brings heightened attention to the history of education of individuals with disabilities, of classroom pedagogy and technology, of teachers and teacher leaders, and of educational developments and controversies of the twenty-first century.

Table of Contents


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1. Education in Precolonial America: Native American Cultural Traditions

2. Colonization and Cultural Transplantation: 1607–1776

3. Education and the Building of a New Nation: 1776–1830

4. The Common Man and the Common School: 1820–1860

5. Class, Caste, and Education in the South: 1800–1900

6. Beginning a Modern School System: 1865–1890

7. Organizing the Modern School System: Educational Reform in the Progressive Era, 1890–1915

8. Completing the Modern School System: American Education, 1915–1929

9. The Effects of Depression and War on American Education:1930–1946

10. Education During and After the Crucial Decade: 1945–1960

11. The Pursuit of Equality: 1960–1980

12. From Equality to Excellence: American Education, 1980–2000

13. American Education in the Twenty-First Century


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Wayne J. Urban is Professor of Education and Associate Director of the Education Policy Center at the University of Alabama, USA.

Jennings L. Wagoner, Jr. was Professor of the History of Education and received the University’s Distinguished Professor Award by the UVA Alumni Association at the University of Virginia, USA.

Milton Gaither is Professor of Education at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA, USA.