Bilingual Public Schooling in the United States A History of America's "Polyglot Boardinghouse"

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-03-15
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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This history of one of the most contentious educational issues in America examines bilingual instruction in the United States from the common school era to the recent federal involvement in the 1960s and 1970s. Drawing from school reports, student narratives, legal resources, policy documents, and other primary sources, the work teases out the underlying agendas and patterns in bilingual schooling during much of America's history. The study demonstrates clearly how the broader context the cultural, intellectual, religious, demographic, economic, and political forces shaped the contours of dual-language instruction in America between the 1840s and 1960s. Ramsey's work fills a crucial void in the educational literature and addresses not only historians, linguists, and bilingual scholars, but also policymakers and practitioners in the field.

Author Biography

Paul J. Ramsey is Associate Professor of the social foundations of education at Eastern Michigan University. He completed his Master’s degree and PhD in the history of education at Indiana University. In 2006, he received a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and, in 2007, won the History of Education Society’s Henry Barnard Prize.  His articles and reviews have appeared in an array of history and education journals, including the History of Education Quarterly.

Table of Contents

List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: Drafting the Blueprints for This Old Boardinghousep. 1
Laying the Foundation for the Boardinghouse: The Context of Nineteenth-Century Schooling and Bilingualismp. 11
Building the Polyglot Boardinghouse in the Northeast and the Southp. 35
Inside The Boardinghouse's Parlorp. 53
Polyglot Boarders Move Westp. 71
Nativism among the Homeowners: The Metaphysics of Foreigner-Hatingp. 95
Progressivism, Science, and the Remodeling of the Boardinghousep. 117
"If You Can't Fight over There, Fight over Here": World War I and the Partial Destruction of the Boardinghousep. 141
Rebuilding the Boardinghouse: The Interwar Yearsp. 163
Epilogue: The Federal Landlordp. 187
Notesp. 191
Bibliographyp. 243
Indexp. 269
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