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The Common School AwakeningReligion and the Transatlantic Roots of American Public Education$
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David Komline

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780190085155

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190085155.001.0001

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“The Educational Regeneration of New England”

“The Educational Regeneration of New England”

The Height of the Awakening in Massachusetts

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The Common School Awakening

David Komline

Oxford University Press

This chapter narrates the Common School Awakening in Massachusetts, homing in on a pivotal figure whose role in the awakening has been underestimated: Charles Brooks, a Unitarian minister whose travels to Europe inspired him to begin a campaign to introduce Prussian reforms to American schools. The chapter follows Brooks from the beginning of his career to 1840, when he resigned from his clerical post after having helped introduce two key institutions into the Massachusetts educational bureaucracy, the board of education with its secretary and state-sponsored normal schools. The chapter focuses on the broad religious consensus that Brooks relied upon in his campaign.

Keywords:   Charles Brooks, Horace Mann, board of education, Massachusetts, normal school, Nikolaus Heinrich Julius, James Carter, Edmund Dwight, Thomas Robbins, Frederick Packard

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