American Education, Democracy, and the Second World War

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$93.13
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $70.70
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 32%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (3) from $70.70   
  • New (2) from $97.51   
  • Used (1) from $70.70   

Overview

American Education, Democracy, and the Second World War examines how U.S. educational institutions during World War II responded to the dilemma of whether to serve as “weapons” in the nation’s arsenal of democracy or “citadels” in safeguarding the American way of life. By studying the lives of wartime Americans, as well as nursery schools, elementary and secondary schools, and universities, Charles Dorn makes the case that although wartime pressures affected educational institutions to varying degrees, these institutions resisted efforts to be placed solely in service of the nation’s war machine. Instead, Dorn argues, American education maintained a sturdy commitment to fostering civic mindedness in a society characterized by rapid technological advance and the perception of an ever-increasing threat to national security.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Dorn has produced our best monograph to date about American education during World War II. A close case study with wide implications, Dorn's book carefully explains how America's schools and colleges re-shaped themselves to serve the war effort. But schools also retained or even revived their civic function, educating a new generation of Americans for the difficult challenges and dilemmas that lay ahead. Today, in an era of heightened global conflict and insecurity, Dorn's book could not be more timely or relevant. We need to think anew about democracy and education in war, and Charles Dorn will help us do that.”—Jonathan Zimmerman, Professor of Education and History, New York University

“This capacious book examines how American’s longstanding faith in education complicated their thinking about wartime and postwar educational change. Dorn’s book is rare among histories of education in examining the whole range of schooling, from universities to local schools to nursery education, replete with strong case studies. His careful attention to forces of ‘acceleration’ and ‘conservation’ is an important addition to our growing body of knowledge on World War II education.”—Linda Eisenmann, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Education and History, John Carroll University

"Dorn's graceful book is extremely well researched and originally conceptualized. Historians will have to rethink many of their assumptions about education in a time of war."—Kim Tolley, Associate Professor, School of Education and Leadership, Notre Dame de Namur University

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403984210
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 10/30/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles Dorn is Assistant Professor of Education, Bowdoin College.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

1 Introduction: Democracy's Citadel 1

2 Promoting the "Public Welfare" at Stanford University 25

3 Palo Alto Schools at War 61

4 "An Avalanche Hits Richmond" 95

5 Wartime Nursery Schools in Richmond 127

6 Education in a Time of War 163

Notes 179

Selected Bibliography 227

Index 251

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)