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Education [ushistory.org]

Details: 39a. Education. Aycock Birthplace. Oak Plains School, in North Carolina, is typical of many schools built for white children in the late 19th century. It was in service until 1915. Demands for better public education were many. Employers wanted a better educated workforce, at least for the technical jobs.

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Who Pays for Education

Details: Department of Education Public education isn't exclusively a local matter. The folks in Washington also have a say in how everyone should learn. Through its wide array of programs and grants, the Department of Education is an active player in the pursuit of smaller classes, safer schools, and better education.

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Franklin's Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania

Details: The University of Pennsylvania. Founded by Franklin in 1749. "It has long been regretted as a misfortune to the youth of this province that we have no academy in which they might receive the accomplishment of a regular education," observed Benjamin Franklin in 1749. By way of comparison Harvard had been established in 1636 and Virginia's

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Interest Groups [ushistory.org]

Details: The National Education Association — or NEA — claims over 2.5 million members among its ranks and is the oldest organization in America devoted to the cause of public education. Check out their homepage for a heap of information on the history of the organization as well as the current challenges facing public education in America.

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Separate No Longer

Details: Board of Education of Topeka — rule that segregation of public schools was a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment, which states that all citizens deserve equal protection under the law. The North and the border states quickly complied with the ruling, but the Brown decision fell on deaf ears in the South.

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Booker T. Washington [ushistory.org]

Details: Born into slavery, Booker T. Washington pursued his own education after the Civil War, and crusaded for educational opportunities for African-Americans, establishing the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. His autobiography, Up From Slavery was an inspirational account of his own elevation through education.

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Robert Livingston

Details: Robert Livingston Representing New York at the Continental Congress Birthplace:New York, New York Born: November 27, 1746 Education: Graduated King's College (now Columbia University). (Lawyer) Work: Member of Provincial Congress of New York, Continental Congress, 1776-1783; Chancellor of New York, 1783; Delegate to the New York ratifying Convention, 1788; Minister to the Court of …

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New Dimensions in Everyday Life [ushistory.org]

Details: As America modernized, pressures to reform education from early childhood through adulthood brought marked improvements. Increased worker productivity and labor demands for a shorter work day enabled many urban residents to engage in newly popular sports …

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Major John Andre

Details: The young Andre was a charismatic and charming man whose manners and advanced education set him apart from his contemporaries in England. He was fluent in English, French, German, and Italian. He drew and painted, wrote lyric and comic verse, and played the flute.

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Revolutionary Changes and Limitations: Women [ushistory.org]

Details: Revolutionary Changes and Limitations: Women. Playwright, essayist and poet, Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) is considered one of the first public champions of women's rights in the U.S. The Revolutionary rethinking of the rules for society also led to some reconsideration of the relationship between men and women.

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Social and Regulatory Policy [ushistory.org]

Details: Public education is generally regarded as the responsibility of local communities, so the federal government's role in this area is limited. Today the majority of federal funds for education are directed to higher education, primarily in the form of student loans and grants.

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"Republican Motherhood" [ushistory.org]

Details: 12d. "Republican Motherhood". Gate at Mt. Holyoke College, Massachusetts, founded by Mary Lyon. Lyon, Zilpah Grant, Judith Sargent Murray, and others educated in the years following the Revolution, opened the gates to further education for women. Women's role …

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Category Lesson Plans and Resources

Details: The section emphasizes bringing primary sources into classroom teaching as a resource for enhancing education. Primary sources are important vehicles to have students build strong research and analytical thinking skills that support learning across the curriculum. One of the premier co-curriculum, student project-based programs supporting this

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The Electric Ben Franklin

Details: But my father, in the mean time, from a view of the expense of a college education, which, having, so large a family, he could not well afford, and the mean living many so educated were afterwards able to obtain — reasons that he gave to his friends in my hearing — altered his first intention, took me from the grammar school and sent me to

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Category Responsive Teaching

Details: For the Catto education learning, we are offering educators ways for collaborative approaches and strategies to work together to meet student needs. The strategies also include providing opportunities for student voices to be heard through project-based learning endeavors like National History Day.

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State and Local Governments: Democracy at Work

Details: Education, preservation and protection of the environment, and health care delivery all cry out for active participants to solve their problems. All across the United States, thousands of political activists are making the attempt, but a democracy needs all its citizens.

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The Founders and Federalism [ushistory.org]

Details: 3a. The Founders and Federalism. Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and George Washington were advocates of the federal system. In their attempt to balance order with liberty, the Founders identified several reasons for creating a federalist government: to use the states as "laboratories" for new ideas …

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Women in the Gilded Age [ushistory.org]

Details: Many of these women had received a college education and felt obliged to put it to use. About half of the women in this demographic group never married, choosing instead independence. Other college educated women were content to join literary clubs to keep academic pursuits alive.

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Octavius Catto Education Portal

Details: Education and Civics Resources. Interpretative Essays on Catto and the Modern Civil Rights Movement. Bibliographies on American Civil Rights with MLK. Historical Materials from Leading Archives, Libraries and Museums. Tools for Teaching Race in the Classroom, including a talk by H. Richard Milner, IV (AERA 2018 Brown Lecturer)

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The New Tycoons: J. Pierpont Morgan [ushistory.org]

Details: Child of Privilege. Not all of the tycoons of the Gilded Age were rags-to-riches stories. J. Pierpont Morgan was born into a family of great wealth. His father had already made a name for himself in the banking industry. With Morgan's family resources, he enjoyed the finest business education money could buy.

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Signers of the Declaration of Independence: Richard Stockton

Details: Education: West Nottingham Academy, Graduate of College of New Jersey. (Lawyer) Work: Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, 1774; Elected to Continental Congress, 1776: Died: February 28, 1781: Richard Stockton was born near Princeton, on October 1, 1730. He attended the West Nottingham Academy under Dr. Samuel Finley, and then earned his

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W. E. B. DuBois [ushistory.org]

Details: DuBois was a staunch proponent of a classical education and condemned Washington's suggestion that blacks focus only on vocational skills. Without an educated class of leadership, whatever gains were made by blacks could be stripped away by legal loopholes. He believed that every class of people in history had a "talented tenth." The

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Showdown in Little Rock [ushistory.org]

Details: Showdown in Little Rock. President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne to Little Rock, Arkansas, to ensure the integration of Central High School in 1957. Three years after the Supreme Court declared race-based segregation illegal, a military showdown took place in Little Rock, Arkansas. On September 3, 1957, nine black students attempted to

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Vaux Primary School

Details: The Roberts Vaux Grammar School, also known as the Roberts Vaux Consolidated School and the Vaux Primary School over the years, was established in 1836 in honor of Roberts Vaux (1786-1836), the first president of the Philadelphia Board of Education. A Quaker, Vaux was an abolitionist and ardent supporter of free public education . for all children.

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Institutionalizing Religious Belief: The Benevolent Empire

Details: Institutionalizing Religious Belief: The Benevolent Empire. Children worked in the coal mines during the beginning of the Industrial Revolution in Britain. The breadth and success of the Second Great Awakening meant that it had multiple dimensions. Its origins in the 1790s had been especially radical and included strong commitments to anti

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Experiments with Utopia [ushistory.org]

Details: It was supposed to bestow the highest benefits of intellectual, physical, and moral education to all its members. Through hard work and simplicity, those who joined the fellowship of George Ripley's farm were supposed to understand and live in social harmony, free of government, free to perfect themselves.

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The Middle Colonies [ushistory.org]

Details: Americans have often prided themselves on their rich diversity. Nowhere was that diversity more evident in pre-Revolutionary America than in the middle colonies of Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. European ethnic groups as manifold as English, Swedes, Dutch, Germans, Scots-Irish and French lived in closer proximity than in any location on continental Europe.

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Signers of the Declaration of Independence: Roger Sherman

Details: Born: April 19, 1721: Birthplace: Newton, Mass. Education: Informal, Cobbler, Surveyor, Lawyer. Honorary M.A. from Yale. Work: Admitted to Bar in New Milford Connecticut, 1754; Justice of the Peace, elected to General Assembly, representing New Milford Connecticut, 1755-58, 1760-61; Commisary for the Connecticut Troops, 1759; Elected to various Upper and Lower House offices representing New

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Catto and His Times and Leadership

Details: Catto also left an enduring mark on the trajectory of black education in the United States. Following Catto’s assassination on October 10, 1871, black civil rights activism in the years between Catto and MLK focused on anti-violence and lynching, equalization v. de-segregation, and black agency and nationalism.

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Signers of the Declaration of Independence: William Ellery

Details: Education: Harvard College (Lawyer, Judge) Work: Elected to Continental Congress, 1776-1785; Judge, Supreme Court of Rhode Island, circa 1778-?; First Collector, port of Newport, ?-1820: Died: February 15, 1820: William Ellery was born at Newport, Rhode Island, in December of 1727. Under the tutelage of his Prominent father, Benjamin Ellery, he

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The Supreme Court: What Does It Do

Details: The Board of Education of Topeka (1954) that "separate but equal" had no place in public schools. But 28 years after the case was decided, Linda Brown filed another lawsuit alleging that the Topeka school system was still segregated. Find out about Supreme Court actions taken as late as 1994 to enforce desegregation in schools nationwide.

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Independence Hall Assoc. – Octavius V. Catto

Details: The education resources here are grounded in “responsive teaching” pedagogic approach. It integrates academics with students’ social-emotional needs and skills to create an environment where students can do their best learning regardless of classroom settings.

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Signers of the Declaration of Independence: Samuel Huntington

Details: Born: July 3, 1731: Birthplace: Windham, Connecticut: Education: Self-taught (Lawyer) Work: Admitted to the Bar of Connecticut, 1754; King's attorney, tax collector, town-meeting moderator, justice of the peace, Norwich Connecticut; Appointed to the Superior court, 1773; Elected to provincial Upper House of Assembly, appointed to the Council of Safety, Delegate to the Continental Congress

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What's new on USHistory.org

Details: Interpretative Essays on Catto and the Modern Civil Rights Movement. Bibliographies on American Civil Rights with MLK. Historical Materials from Leading Archives, Libraries and Museums. Tools for Teaching Race in the Classroom, including a talk by H. Richard Milner, IV (AERA 2018 Brown Lecturer) Bilingual Tools and Translation in 10 Languages.

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Financing State and Local Government [ushistory.org]

Details: Financing State and Local Government. Completed in 2007, Boston's Central Artery/Tunnel Project — a.k.a. the "Big Dig" — was the largest, most complex, and most technologically challenging highway project in the U.S. Financing came from a combination of federal, state, and local funds. Paying taxes is surely everyone's least favorite

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Signers of the Declaration of Independence: John Witherspoon

Details: Education: Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh; Doctorate of Divinity, University of St. Andrews. (Clergyman, Author, Educator) Work: President of College of New Jersey, 1768-1792; Delegate to the Continental Congress, 1776-1782; Twice elected to State Legislature of …

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Old Values vs. New Values [ushistory.org]

Details: Not all Americans embraced the new way of life. Many saw the United States as a civilization in decline. The original purpose of the Puritan city upon a hill seemed to be slipping away in the pursuit of materialism and self-gratification. The morals of the Victorian Age were forgotten in …

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Signers of the Declaration of Independence: Arthur Middleton

Details: Education: Graduate of Cambridge: Work: Charleston Council of Safety, 1775; Delegate to the Continental Congress, 1776. Died: January 1, 1787: Arthur Middleton was born in South Carolina in 1742. He was educated in England and graduated a Cambridge in 1773. He was elected to the Council of Safety at Charleston in 1775, and in 1776 was a

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Declaration of Independence Replica

Details: Printed on antiqued paper which has the appearance and texture of old parchment, this Declaration of Independence print is a favorite of teachers and for home school education. It is a popular gift for law students, lawyers, teachers and others interested in law or …

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