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Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela


This book explores how in the late 1960s and 1970s, a growing number of Americans fused conventional values about family and personal morality with an Anglo jingoism, specifically marrying concerns about sexuality and language and blurring the distinction between public and private. Focusing on Spanish-bilingual and sex education in California, this book charts how during a time of extraordinary social change, grass-roots citizens defined the schoolhouse and family as politicized sites. During the sexual revolution, sex education became a vital arena in which liberals designed innovative curri ... More

Keywords: California, sex education, bilingual education, conservatism, education, school, progressivism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199358458
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199358458.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, author
Eugene Lang College, The New School, Assistant Professor of History