The War That Wasn't: Religious Conflict and Compromise in the Common Schools of New York State, 1865-1900

The War That Wasn't: Religious Conflict and Compromise in the Common Schools of New York State, 1865-1900

by Benjamin Justice
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0791462129

ISBN-13: 9780791462126

Pub. Date: 01/08/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

An ambitious and timely look at the role of religion in New York State's early public schools.

Historians of religion and public schooling often focus on conflict and Bible Wars, pitting Catholics and Protestants against one another in palpitating narratives of the embattled development of American public schooling. The War That Wasn’t tells a different

Overview

An ambitious and timely look at the role of religion in New York State's early public schools.

Historians of religion and public schooling often focus on conflict and Bible Wars, pitting Catholics and Protestants against one another in palpitating narratives of the embattled development of American public schooling. The War That Wasn’t tells a different story, arguing that in nineteenth-century New York State a civil system of democratic, local control led to adjustments and compromises far more than discord and bitter conflict. In the decades after the Civil War, New Yorkers from rural, one-room schools to big city districts hammered out a variety of ways to reconcile public education and religious diversity. This book recounts their stories in delightful and compelling detail. The common school system of New York State managed to keep the peace during a time of religious and ethnic pluralism, before sweeping educational reforms ended many of these compromises by the turn of the twentieth century.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791462126
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/08/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
299
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Acknowledgments

Preface

1. Explaining the History of Religion in Public Schools

Part 1: Origins of the Public School "System"

2. Democracy Trumps Theocracy: The Civil Origins of the Common School System in New York
3. Religion in Post-Bellum State and Local School Governance

Part 2: Religion and District Schools

4. Politics, Religion, and District Schooling
5. Religious Use of the District Schoolhouse
6. Religious Exercises in District Schools

Part 3: Religion and Urban Schools

7. Local Control, Religion, and Urban Schooling
8. Religious Exercises in Urban Schools
9. Public Funds for Religious Schools

10. Conclusion: Explanations and Implications

Notes

Bibliography of Primary Works Cited

Index

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