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The nineteenth century witnessed an explosion in educational activity and in the development of educational institutions in the United States at all levels. It saw the growth of public schools and private colleges, the formation of land-grant colleges and of teacher-training colleges (often called “normal schools”), and pioneering efforts to establish institutions devoted to the education of white girls and women and of African Americans. The belief in the power of education to mould individual character and improve human life ran deep in many sectors of American society in this era, and the number of books on educational subjects in The Nineteenth Century in Print reflects the intense intellectual energy the age devoted to these topics. Here is a sampling of these titles:
Jacob Abbott, Gentle Measures in the Management and Training of the Young ().
Antioch College, Dedication of Antioch College, and Inaugural Address of Its President, Hon. Horace Mann; With Other Proceedings (1854).
M. F. Armstrong and Helen W. Ludlow, Hampton and Its Students. By Two of Its Teachers, Mrs. M. F. Armstrong and Helen W. Ludlow. With Fifty Cabin and Plantation Songs, Arranged by Thomas F. Fenner (1874).
Lyman Hotchkiss Bagg, Four Years at Yale (1871).
Rufus W. Bailey, Daughters at School Instructed in a Series of Letters ([c1857]).
Henry Barnard, Practical Illustrations of the Principles of School Architecture (1851).
John Bascom, Education and the State. Baccalaureate Sermon, University of Wisconsin, June 17, 1877 ().
G. F. Becker, Education: Its Relations to the State and to the Individual, and Its Methods. A Series of Lectures Delivered before the General Assembly of the Students, University of California ().
Catharine E. Beecher, Religious Training of Children in the School, the Family and the Church (1864).
California Board of Commissioners upon the Feasibility of Establishing a State University, Report Relative to Establishing a State University, Made in Accordance with a Concurrent Resolution Passed at the Fourteenth Session of the Legislature ().
George B. Cheever, Right of the Bible in Our Public Schools (1854).
Chicago (Illinois) Board of Education, Graded Course of Instruction for the Public Schools of Chicago (1869).
Cornell University, Report Submitted to the Trustees of Cornell University, in Behalf of a Majority of the Committee on Mr Sage's Proposal to Endow a College for Women (1872).
Charles Davies, Lecture on the Duties and Relations of Parents, Teachers and Pupils, as Connected with Education . . . Delivered at the First Session of the Teachers' Institute, Held under the Direction of the Board of Education, at the Normal School at Ypsilanti, Michigan, 1852 (1852).
John S. Hart, In the School-Room. Chapters in the Philosophy of Education (1868).
Thomas Holmes, Education of Woman (1874).
Frederick S. Jewell, School Government; A Practical Treatise, Presenting a Thorough Discussion of its Facts, Principles and Their Applications; With Critiques upon Current Theories of Punishment, and Schemes of Administration. For the Use of Normal Schools; Practical Teachers, and Parents (1875).
Henry Kiddle, Thomas F. Harrison, and N. A. Calkins, How to Teach. A Graded Course of Instruction and Manual of Methods for the Use of Teachers ([c1877]).
Edward H. Magill, An Address upon the Co-Education of the Sexes (1873).
Edward D. Mansfield, American Education, Its Principles and Elements. Dedicated to the Teachers of the United States (1877).
Ira Mayhew, The Means and Ends of Universal Education ([1867?]).
Michigan Department of Public Instruction, System of Public Instruction and Primary School Law of Michigan, with Explanatory Notes, Forms, Regulations and Instructions; A Digest of Decisions, a Detailed History of Public Instruction . . . the History of and Laws Relating to Incorporated Institutions of Learning &c. &c. (1852).
The Michigan University Magazine, Devoted to College Literature and Education . . . Published by the Students Volume 1 and Volume 2 (1867-69).
Samuel Miller, Letters from a Father to His Sons in College ([c1852]).
New England Freedmen's Aid Society, Extracts from Letters of Teachers & Superintendents of the New-England Educational Commission for Freedmen (1864).
New York (N.Y.) Board of Education, A Manual of Discipline and Instruction for the Use of the Teachers of the Primary and Grammar Schools under the Charge of the Department of Public Instruction of the City of New York (1873).
Charles Northend, The Teacher's Assistant, or Hints and Methods in School Discipline and Instruction; Being a Series of Familiar Letters to One Entering upon the Teacher's Work (1865).
Hiram Orcutt, The Parents' Manual; or, Home and School Training ([c1874]).
Edward Parrish, An Essay on Education in the Society of Friends. With an Account on the Proceedings on the Occasion of Laying the Corner-Stone of Swarthmore College (1866).
Elizabeth P. Peabody and Mary Mann, Guide to the Kindergarten and Intermediate Class, by Elizabeth P. Peabody; and Moral Culture of Infancy, by Mary Mann (1877).
Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Record of Mr. Alcott's School, Exemplifying the Principles and Methods of Moral Culture (1874).
Mrs. Lincoln Phelps, The Educator; or, Hours with My Pupils (1876).
Henry M. Pierce, Address to the First Graduating Class of Rutgers Female College; Delivered . . . June 2d, 1867 (1867).
Punahou School, The Oahu College at the Sandwich Islands ([1857?]).
[John Howard Raymond], Vassar College. A College for Women, in Poughkeepsie, N. Y. A Sketch of its Foundation, Aims, and Resources, and of the Development of Its Scheme of Instruction to the Present Time. Prepared by the President of the College, at the Request of the United States Commissioner of Education, May, 1873 (1873).
N. W. Taylor Root, School Amusements; or, How to Make the School Interesting. Embracing Simple Rules for Military and Gymnastic Exercises, and Hints upon the General Management of the School Room (1869).
Nathaniel Sands, The Philosophy of Teaching. The Teacher, the Pupil, the School (1869).
Barnas Sears, Objections to Public Schools Considered: Remarks at the Annual Meeting of the Trustees of the Peabody Education Fund. New York, Oct. 7, 1875 (1875).
Charles B. Stetson, Technical Education: What It Is, and What American Public Schools Should Teach. An Essay Based on an Examination of the Methods and Results of Technical Education in Europe, as Shown by Official Reports (1874).
J. R. Sypher, The Art of Teaching School: A Manual of Suggestions for the Use of Teachers and School Authorities, Superintendents, Controllers, Directors, Trustees and Patrons of Public Schools and Higher Institutions of Learning ().
John Todd, The Student's Manual; Designed, by Specific Directions, to Aid in Forming and Strengthening the Intellectual and Moral Character and Habits of the Student (1859).
Joseph F. Tuttle, An Address in Behalf of the Society for the Promotion of Collegiate and Theological Education at the West. Delivered at Its Tenth Anniversary, in Worcester, Massachusetts, October 26th, 1853 (1854).
United States Office of Education, A Statement of the Theory of Education in the United States of America, As Approved by Many Leading Educators (1874).
University of Illinois, Report of Committee on Courses of Study and Faculty for the Illinois Industrial University (1867).
University of Missouri, Report of the Committee on the Reorganization and Enlargement of the University of the State of Missouri, Presented to the Board of Curators, at Their Meeting, December 20, 1870 (1871).
M. McN. Walsh, The Lawyer in the School-Room; Comprising the Laws of all the States on Important Educational Subjects (1871).
Francis Wayland, The Education Demanded by the People of the U. States. A Discourse Delivered at Union College, Schenectady, July 25, 1854, on the Occasion of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Presidency of Eliphalet Nott (1855).
W. H. Wells, The Graded School. A Graded Course of Instruction for Public Schools: With Copious Practical Directions to Teachers, and Observations on Primary Schools, School Discipline, School Records, etc. (1877).
Andrew W. Young, The Government Class Book; Designed for the Instruction of Youth in the Principles of Constitutional Government, and the Rights and Duties of Citizens (1865).
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