The Political Education of Democratus : Negotiating Civic Virtue during the Early Republic
The radical Democratic-Republican Societies that emerged during the 1790s not only challenged conventional interpretations of the civic republican tradition, they also adopted Enlightenment principles in their advocacy for universal public education. Brian W. Dotts' The Political Education of Democratus: Negotiating Civic Virtue during the Early Republic shows that, unlike mainstream educational philosophy of the period, radical democrats supported universal political education as essential in protecting liberty and political equality.
- Hardback | 276 pages
- 157.48 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 635.03g
- 15 Mar 2012
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Chapter 1. Introduction: Ploughshares, Politics, and Pedagogy: The Negotiation of Democratic-Republicanism and the Loss of Civic Sentiment Chapter 2. Recovering Civic Republicanism: Ancient and Modern Chapter 3. The New Arcadia: "Set Our Cold Northern Island Burning" Chapter 4. Trans-Atlantic Ties: Radical Whig Political Ideals and American Practice Chapter 5. "Who are These, Poor, Groveling, Insignificant Democrats Who Dare Libel Us?"
Dotts (Univ. of Georgia) offers an interpretation of the views Americans held about citizenship education during the last years of the 18th century. In this well-researched, clearly written account, Dotts shows how the Democratic-Republican Societies, whose members included scientists, teachers, and artisans, emerged in response to the administrations of Washington and Adams. The members of these societies conceived of a republic more democratic than did the Federalists. The first chapter describes the ideas about education and politics prevalent in the late 18th century. The second considers the ideas of republicanism. The third compares the views of Tories, Whigs, and Radical Whigs in England. The fourth shows how the Radical Whig view infiltrated the colonies, and the fifth describes the ways Democratic-Republican Societies considered a democracy to be a plurality of interests moving toward the truth rather than a process seeking a prescribed goal. Interested readers might also consider Constituent Moments, by Jason Frank (CH, Sep'10, 48-0535), or Beyond the Founders, edited by Jeffrey L. Pasley, Andrew W. Robertson, and David Waldstreicher (2003). Summing Up: Recommended. CHOICE We live in an age dominated by political talk about accountability in education, based on standardized test score results. This book offers a welcome antidote to such insufficient babble. The possibility that public education is best thought of in regard to its place in the political discourse of Republicans like Thomas Jefferson is worthy of serious consideration. This volume offers the reader just that serious consideration. -- Wayne Urban, The University of Alabama
About Brian W. Dotts
Brian W. Dotts is a faculty member in the College of Education at the University of Georgia.