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    Education for Freedom

    Children's Fiction in Jacksonian America

    Anne Scott MacLeod
    What kind of reality is reflected in children's literature? In this article Anne Scott MacLeod suggests that one can come to understand a society's mood—the concerns of individuals about what is and what should be—by analyzing the literature written for children in that society. Viewing children's fiction of the early nineteenth century against the social background of the time, the author shows how the stories reveal Jacksonian Americans' concerns for the conservation of a particular kind of moral character that appeared threatened by social change. Thus, MacLeod argues that the primary function of children's fiction in Jacksonian America was not entertainment but the moral education of a new generation, emphasizing social responsibility in contrast to the spirit of individual aggrandizement that seemed, to these authors, to endanger their world.

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    Fall 1976 Issue


    The History of the History of American Education, 1900-1976
    The Uses of the Past
    Sol Cohen
    The Role of Education in American History
    A Memorandum for the Committee Advising the Fund for the Advancement of Education in Regard to This Subject
    Richard J. Storr
    Ways of Seeing
    An Essay on the History of Compulsory Schooling
    David B. Tyack
    Conflict and Consensus Revisited
    Notes toward a Reinterpretation of American Educational History
    Carl F. Kaestle
    From Religion to Politics
    Debates and Confrontations over American College Governance in the Mid-Eighteenth Century
    Jurgen Herbst
    Education for Freedom
    Children's Fiction in Jacksonian America
    Anne Scott MacLeod
    Before Home Start
    Notes toward a History of Parent Education in America, 1897-1929
    Steven L. Schlossman
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