Object For Review


Making Schools American: Nationalism and the Origin of Modern Educational Politics

Author: Cody Dodge Ewert
Date: April 19, 2022
Language: English
Short Title:

In Making Schools American, Cody Dodge Ewert makes clear that nationalism was the leading argument for schooling during the Progressive Era. Bringing together case studies of school reform crusades in New York, Utah, and Texas, he explores what was gained―and lost―as efforts to transform American schools evolved across space and time. Offering fresh insight into the development and politicization of public schooling in America, Ewert also reveals how reformers' utopian visions and lofty promises laid the groundwork for contemporary battles over the mission and methods of American public schools.

Despite their divergent political visions and the unique conditions of the states, cities, and individual districts they served, school reformers wielded nationalistic rhetoric that made education a rallying point for Americans across lines of race, class, religion, and region. But ultimately, Making Schools American argues, upholding education as a potential solution to virtually every societal problem has hamstrung broader attempts at social reform while overburdening schools.

Copy available: Yes
Series Number:
Number of Volumes:
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher's URL:
key words:
Number of Pages: