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Public Schools in Hard Times

The Great Depression and Recent Years

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$36.00 • £28.95 • €32.50

ISBN 9780674738010

Publication Date: 01/01/1987


288 pages



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The appearance of Public Schools in Hard Times…marks the opening of a frontier in the historiography of American education… [It] is a brilliantly crafted work… An important and extremely useful introduction to education in the Great Depression.—Jeffrey Mirel, Educational Studies

A skillful, eloquent, and coherent picture, not only of how American education weathered the Great Depression, but of what public schools were like in the decades before the reforms of the postwar years.—Alan Brinkley, Harvard Educational Review

An admirable piece of work… A significant contribution not only to the history of education but also to that of the New Deal.—Frank Freidel

The Great Depression challenged all Americans. Public Schools in Hard Times brilliantly recreates those challenges—the experiences, the perplexity, and the diversity of responses. It helps us understand the educational issues of those years, and in so doing, it illuminates our present dilemmas. We need this book, and I am grateful for its appearance.—Marvin Lazerson

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