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Pillars of the Republic

Common Schools and American Society, 1780-1860

Carl F. Kaestle

Hill and Wang

Pillars of the Republic is a pioneering study of common-school development in the years before the Civil War. Public acceptance of state school systems, Kaestle argues, was encouraged by the people's commitment to republican government, by their trust in Protestant values, and by the development of capitalism. The author also examines the opposition to the Founding Fathers' educational ideas and shows what effects these had on our school system.

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  • Carl F. Kaestle

  • Carl F. Kaestle is University Professor of Education, History, and Public Policy at Brown University. He is the author of numerous books on the history of education, including, Literacy in the United States: Readers and Reading Since 1880.
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    Common Schools and American Society, 1780-1860

    Carl F. Kaestle

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