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Did the Americanization movement succeed? : an evaluation of the effect of English-only and compulsory schools laws on immigrants' education

Author: Adriana Lleras-Muney; Allison Shertzer; National Bureau of Economic Research.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : National Bureau of Economic Research, ©2012.
Series: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 18302.
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In the early twentieth century, education legislation was often passed based on arguments that new laws were needed to force immigrants to learn English and "Americanize." We provide the first estimates of the effect of statutes requiring English as the language of instruction and compulsory schooling laws on the school enrollment, work, literacy and English fluency of immigrant children from 1910 to 1930. English  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
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All Authors / Contributors: Adriana Lleras-Muney; Allison Shertzer; National Bureau of Economic Research.
OCLC Number: 807200678
Notes: Title from http://www.nber.org/papers/18302 viewed August 21, 2012.
"August 2012."
Description: 1 online resource (44 pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Working paper series (National Bureau of Economic Research), no. 18302.
Responsibility: Adriana Lleras-Muney, Allison Shertzer.

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In the early twentieth century, education legislation was often passed based on arguments that new laws were needed to force immigrants to learn English and "Americanize." We provide the first estimates of the effect of statutes requiring English as the language of instruction and compulsory schooling laws on the school enrollment, work, literacy and English fluency of immigrant children from 1910 to 1930. English schooling statutes did increase the literacy of foreign-born children, though only modestly. Compulsory schooling and continuation school laws raised immigrants' enrollment and the effects were much larger for children born abroad than for native-born children.

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