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Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools

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ISBN-10: 0674018605

ISBN-13: 9780674018600

Edition: 2002

Authors: Jonathan Zimmerman

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What do America's children learn about American history, American values, and human decency? Who decides? In this absorbing book, Jonathan Zimmerman tells the dramatic story of conflict, compromise, and more conflict over the teaching of history and morality in twentieth-century America. In history, whose stories are told, and how? As Zimmerman reveals, multiculturalism began long ago. Starting in the 1920s, various immigrant groups--the Irish, the Germans, the Italians, even the newly arrived Eastern European Jews--urged school systems and textbook publishers to include their stories in the teaching of American history. The civil rights movement of the 1960s and '70s brought similar…    
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Book details

List price: $28.50
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 11/30/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Jonathan Zimmerman is professor of education and history at New York University. His books include "Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory" and "Innocents Abroad: American Teachers in the American Century". His writing has appeared in the "New York Times", the "Washington Post", and other publications.

Introduction: Beyond Dayton and Chicago
History Wars
Ethnicity and the History Wars
Struggles over Race and Sectionalism
Social Studies Wars in New Deal America
The Cold War Assault on Textbooks
Black Activism, White Resistance, and Multiculturalism
God in the Schools
Religious Education in Public Schools
School Prayer and the Conservative Revolution
The Battle for Sex Education
Epilogue: Searching for Common Ground