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'For me the days at your school have always been a fountain of encouragement."
-Erik H. Erikson
'To the extent that you, your students, parents, and teachers have remained true to that future not yet seen in society, you are bearers of a vision." -Coretta Scott King
'Manhattan Country School represents what American public school was ideally supposed to be but rarely became." -Barbara Walters
'I think of your school as a small part, as one piece, of the beloved community, a community that is free of violence, racism, and hate. Thank you for making a lasting contribution to generations and generations of young people." -John Lewis
'Your school.is totally unique, and therefore offers incredible richness of future information for all of us who are interested in children and their education." -Robert Coles
'Differences among individuals will not, and should not, disappear; rather, they will emerge as assets, hopefully ceasing to be viewed as causes for estrangement."-Gus Trowbridge
On the basis of this idea, Manhattan Country School opened its doors in September 1966. Begin With a Dream traces the evolution over three decades of what has been called the nation's first realistically integrated private school. Augustus Trowbridge, its cofounder and visionary, frankly explores the politics of race, class, and gender that, at certain periods, threatened to derail the school's mission. The result is a compelling portrait of a small would-be utopia that holds lessons for us all.