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Public vs. Private: The Early History of School Choice in America

Robert N. Gross


Americans today choose from a dizzying array of schools, loosely lumped into categories of “public” and “private.” How did these distinctions emerge in the first place, and what do they tell us about the more general relationship in the United States between public authority and private enterprise? Public vs. Private describes how nineteenth-century public policies fostered the rise of modern school choice. In the late nineteenth century, American Catholics began constructing rival, urban parochial school systems, an enormous and dramatic undertaking that challenged public school systems’ near ... More

Keywords: school choice, private schools, Catholic schools, public schools, public education, parochial schools

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190644574
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190644574.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert N. Gross, author
History Teacher and Assistant Academic Dean, Sidwell Friends School