Lessons in Progress

Lessons in Progress : State Universities and Progressivism in the New South, 1880-1920

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How progressivism transformed higher education in the New South by focusing on practical, utilitarian education, creating a vast educational bureaucracy, and making the universities into instruments of the state.
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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 158.8 x 235.2 x 26.7mm | 632.01g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0252026179
  • 9780252026171

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"Dennis has made a solid contribution to the historiography of the modernizing, progressive South and to the study of at least four of its universities." -- Wayne J. Urban, Journal of American History "This complex, well-researched book by historian Michael Dennis is an important addition to the slowly growing list of works that address the history of education in the South." -- Randal L. Hall, Georgia Historical Quarterly "[Dennis] effectively adds new characters and episodes to the historical drama of the modern state university as part of Progressivism... By adding a detailed profile of the South to the generalizations about higher education and state governments between 1880 and 1920, it makes Progressivism a truly nationwide phenomenon whose influences and issues were not confined only to the familiar ground of Wisconsin and California." -- Florida Historical Quarterly "Not only has he effectively told the story of a heretofore largely neglected aspect of educational progressivism, he has also shown how this national movement was modified and adapted to local conditions." History of Education Quarterly ADVANCE PRAISE "Michael Dennis is to be congratulated for returning southern university presidents to the front ranks of the region's progressive reformers. Lessons in Progress offers a lucid analysis of the transformation of southern higher education into an agency of the modern state." - Mary Hoffschwelle, author of Rebuilding the Rural Southern Community: Reformers, Schools, and Homes in Tennessee, 1900-1930 "Lessons in Progress charts new terrain in several important areas: the South during the Progressive Era, the history of social reform, and the history of American higher education. In each of these fields, this book offers important and original contributions in new research, original conceptualization, and elegant and often compelling expression. I consider this work to be the first significant consideration in the past two decades of the emerging twentieth-century southern university." - William A. Link, author of The Paradox of Southern Progressivism, 1880-1930
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