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Outside in : Minorities and the Transformation of American Education

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This is a book about American education and the various attempts, since the end of the 19th century, to assimilate different ethnic, cultural, racial, and sexual groups into the American way of life. The focus is on American high schools. The first three chapters deal with the ways American public schools absorbed immigrants into the educational process from around the turn of the century until the 1920s. While schools hoped to teach democracy to the new Americans, the actual educational process had other results. In one fascinating chapter Fass looks at New York City high school yearbooks between 1931 and 1947 and discovers the way students divided in extracurricular activities by ethnic persuasion. Succeeding chapters deal with blacks from the 1930s to the 1960s, women from the 1940s to 1960s, and parochial schools as an example of a school system that consciously encouraged ethnic diversity. The book represents a highly original social history of American education.show more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 30.48mm | 635.03g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195037901
  • 9780195037906

About Paula S. Fass

About the author Paula S. Fass is Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. A graduate of Barnard College and Columbia University, she is the author of The Damned and the Beautiful: American Youth in the 1920's and numerous articles.show more

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