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Education in the Forming of American Society
University of North Carolina Press
In a pungent revision of the professional educator's school of history, Bailyn traces the cultural context of education in early American society and the evolution of educational standards in the colonies. His analysis ranges beyond formal education to encompass such vital social determinants as the family, apprenticeship, and organized religion.
Originally published in 1960.
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About the Author
Bernard Bailyn, Adams University Professor at Harvard University, is author of numerous books, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Voyagers to the West: A Passage in the Peopling of America on the Eve of the Revolution.
Certainly anyone interested in contemporary education, narrowly or broadly defined, or anyone concerned with its development or with any other aspect of American history should read and take to heart the analysis, criticism, and suggestions in Education in the Forming of American Society.
What Bailyn has to say should not be missed by any student of American history who regards himself as more than a narrow specialist.
--Frederick D. Vershner
. . . [Bailyn’s] hypotheses are original and imaginative, and point to a vast and hitherto inadequately explored literature. Hopefully, they will prove sufficiently provocative to set in motion the kind of informed historical scholarship that to date has been all too rare in the field of American education.
--Lawrence A. Cremin