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Author Leloudis, James L.

Title Schooling the New South : pedagogy, self, and society in North Carolina, 1880-1920 / James L. Leloudis.

Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [1996]
©1996

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Physical description xvii, 338 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Series Fred W. Morrison series in Southern studies.
Fred W. Morrison series in Southern studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-320) and index.
Contents 1. A Classroom Revolution -- 2. Apostles of the New South -- 3. Servants of the State -- 4. Voices of Dissent -- 5. Rubes and Redeemers -- 6. The Riddle of Race.
Summary Schooling the New South is a vivid account of the relationship between education and society during a time of sweeping social change. James Leloudis recreates North Carolina's classrooms as they existed at the turn of the century and explores the wide-ranging social and psychological implications of the transition from old-fashioned common schools to modern graded schools. He argues that this critical change in methods of instruction both reflected and guided the transformation of the American South. According to Leloudis, architects of the New South embraced the public school as an institution capable of remodeling their world according to the principles of free labor and market exchange. By altering habits of learning, they hoped to instill in students a vision of life that valued individual ambition and enterprise above the familiar relations of family, church, and community. Their efforts eventually created both a social and a pedagogical revolution, says Leloudis. Public schools became what they are today - the primary institution responsible for the socialization of children and therefore the principal battleground for society's conflicts over race, class, and gender. The book gives voice to the principal actors in this transformation - school administrators, teachers, reformers, parents, and students - whose characters and personal experiences shine through Leloudis's narrative. Based on the letters and reminiscences of parents, teachers, and students; on novels; and on more traditional documentary sources, Schooling the New South deftly combines social and political history, gender studies, and African American history into a story of educational reform.
Subject Public schools -- North Carolina -- History -- 19th century.
Public schools -- North Carolina -- History -- 20th century.
Education -- Social aspects -- North Carolina -- History -- 19th century.
Education -- Social aspects -- North Carolina -- History -- 20th century.
Ability grouping in education -- North Carolina -- History -- 19th century.
Ability grouping in education -- North Carolina -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0807822655 (cloth : alk. paper)