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The Common School Awakening: Religion and the Transatlantic Roots of American Public Education

David Komline


A statue of Horace Mann, erected in front of the Boston state house in 1863, declares him the “Father of the American Public School System.” For over a century and a half, most narratives about early American education have proceeded as if this epithet were true. It has been etched into the general American consciousness as surely as it has been etched into the stone pedestal on which Mann stands. As Mann looms over the Boston Common, so he has loomed over discussions of early American schooling. The Common School Awakening offers a new narrative about the rise of public schools in America. Th ... More

Keywords: education, religion, Christianity, transatlantic, school, reform, nonsectarian, Massachusetts, Ohio, antebellum

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190085155
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190085155.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Komline, author
Associate Professor of Church History, Western Theological Seminary