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The autobiography of citizenship : assimilation and resistance in U.S. education

Author: Tova Cooper
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2015]
Series: The American literatures initiative
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"At the turn of the twentieth century, the United States was faced with a new and radically mixed population, one that included freed African Americans, former reservation Indians, and a burgeoning immigrant population. In The Autobiography of Citizenship, Tova Cooper looks at how educators tried to impose unity on this divergent population, and how the new citizens in turn often resisted these efforts, reshaping  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tova Cooper
ISBN: 9780813570150 0813570158 9780813570143 081357014X
OCLC Number: 878111519
Notes: Machine generated contents note: ContentsList of IllustrationsAcknowledgmentsIntroduction 1 On Autobiography, Boy Scouts, and Citizenship: Revisiting Charles Eastman's Deep Woods 2 The Scenes of Seeing: Frances Benjamin Johnston and Visualizations of the "Indian" in Black, White, and Native Educational Contexts 3 Speaking the Body: German-Jewish Americanization Programs, Eastern European Jews, and the Autobiographical Work of Abraham Cahan 4 Curricular Cosmopolitans: W.E.B. Du Bois and Jane Addams 5 Emma Goldman, the Modern School, and the Politics of Reproduction Conclusion Notes Index.
Description: xii, 264 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: List of Illustrations --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
On Autobiography, Boy Scouts, and Citizenship: Revisiting Charles Eastman's Deep Woods --
The Scenes of Seeing: Frances Benjamin Johnston and Visualizations of the "Indian" in Black, White, and Native Educational Contexts --
Curricular Cosmopolitans: W.E.B. Du Bois and Jane Addams --
Educating the Ostjuden: Abraham Cahan and Gestures of Resistance --
Emma Goldman, the Modern School, and the Politics of Reproduction --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Index.
Series Title: The American literatures initiative
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"At the turn of the twentieth century, the United States was faced with a new and radically mixed population, one that included freed African Americans, former reservation Indians, and a burgeoning immigrant population. In The Autobiography of Citizenship, Tova Cooper looks at how educators tried to impose unity on this divergent population, and how the new citizens in turn often resisted these efforts, reshaping mainstream U.S. culture and embracing their own view of what it means to be an American. The Autobiography of Citizenship traces how citizenship education programs began popping up all over the country, influenced by the progressive approach to hands-on learning popularized by John Dewey and his followers. Cooper offers an insightful account of these programs, enlivened with compelling readings of archival materials such as photos of students in the process of learning; autobiographical writing by both teachers and new citizens; and memoirs, photos, poems, and novels by authors such as W.E.B. Du Bois, Jane Addams, Charles Reznikoff, and Emma Goldman. Indeed, Cooper provides the first comparative, inside look at these citizenship programs, revealing that they varied wildly: at one end, assimilationist boarding schools required American Indian children to transform their dress, language, and beliefs, while at the other end the libertarian Modern School encouraged immigrant children to frolic naked in the countryside and learn about the world by walking, hiking, and following their whims. Here then is an engaging portrait of what it was like to be, and become, a U.S. citizen one hundred years ago, showing that what it means to be "American" is never static"--

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