Story Bibliography
"The Surest Foundation of Happiness": Education in Pennsylvania Bibliography
Further Reading

. The Rising Tide: The Current State of Education in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Harrisburg: Education Policy and Leadership Institute, 2006.

A frank policy assessment of educational trends and future workforce needs in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Adams, David Walker. Education for Extinction: American Indians and the Boarding School Experience, 1875-1928 . Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1995.

The best single volume on Native American education, including a lengthy treatment of the Carlisle Indian School.

Beers, Paul. Pennsylvania Politics Today and Yesterday. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 1980.

Widely recognized study of the evolving character of state politics and public policy.

Chapman, Mathew. Forty Days and Forty Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, OxyContin, and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania. New York: Harper Collins, 2007.

An important cultural study of the 2005 intelligent design (ID) trial in Dover, Pennsylvania.

Cremin, Lawrence A. American Education: The Metropolitan Experience, 1876-1990. New York: Harper Collins, 1990.

The third and final volume of a sweeping history of American education from colonial to recent times

Downey, Dennis B. We Sing to Thee: A History of Millersville University. Millersville: Millersville University Press, 2004.

Written as a commemorative volume, with good eye to larger historical and educational policy trends for state teachers colleges.

DuBois, W.E.B. The Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study, 1899. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996.

Still a classic study of African-American social and political life in Philadelphia, with valuable data pertinent to educational and economic achievements.

Franklin, Vincent P. The Education of Black Philadelphia: The Social and Educational History of a Minority Community, 1900-1950. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1979.

An important social history of Philadelphia schools and racial politics in the twentieth century.

Gorn, Elliott J, ed.. THE MCGUFFEY READERS: Selections from the 1879 Edition. Boston: Bedford, 1998.

Provides a good sampling of McGuffey's textbooks, along with a useful historical introduction.

Hawke, David Freeman. Benjamin Rush, Revolutionary Gadfly. Indianapolis, IN: Bobbs-Merrill, 1971.

This biography of Benjamin Rush covers among his many accomplishments his impact on education and social policy.

Herbst, Jurgen. From Crisis to Crisis: American College Governance, 1636-1819. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1982.

A study of colonial college governance and the rise of American colleges.

Humes, Edward. Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul . New York: Ecco, 2007.

Pulitzer prize-winning author's account of the Dover Trial and of intelligent design in America.

Johnson, Tony W. Historical Documents in American Education. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 2001.

Valuable collection of documents pertaining to the development of education in American history.

Jorgenson, Lloyd P. The State and the Non-Public School, 1825-1925. . Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1987.

Detailed treatment of church-state struggles over schooling, including the Philadelphia Bible Riot of 1844.

Kaestle, Carl. Pillars of the Republic: Common Schools and American Society, 1780-1860. New York: Hill and Wang, 1983.

Kashatus, William. A Virtuous Education: Penn's Vision for Philadelphia Schools. Wallingford: Pendle Hill, 1997.

Provides useful information on education in colonial Philadelphia.

Katz, Michael. Reconstructing American Education. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1987.

Revealing study of recent trends in elementary and higher education; general in scope but applies to Pennsylvania.

Miller, Randall M. and William Pencak, ed.. Pennsylvania: A History of the Commonwealth. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2002.

This extremely comprehensive history of the state explores the development of education in Pennsylvania from several different perspectives throughout the work.

Ogren, Christine A. The American State Normal School: An "Instrument of Great Good". New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Excellent survey of the rise of normal schools and expanding professionalism in teaching.

Reese, William. America's Public Schools: From the Common School to ‘No Child Left Behind". Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

A very good survey of public education and modern educational policy.

Sack, Saul. History of Higher Education in Pennsylvania. Harrisburg: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1963.

A scholarly and thoroughly assessment of trends in higher education from colonial times into the twentieth century.

Smaby, Beverly Prior. The Transformation of Moravian Bethlehem: From Colonial Mission to Family Economy. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1988.

Excellent study of social and economic change in one Pennsylvania German community, with important broader implications.

Vitiello, Dominic. Historic Educational Resources of Pennsylvania. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of the Interior, 2007.

Provides an excellent historical overview with special emphasis on historical architecture relating to public education.

Wickerhsam, James Pyle. A History of Education in Pennsylvania. Lancaster: Inquirer Publishing Co., 1886.

Though dated, still the best single volume study of private and public education in Pennsylvania from colonial times through the Civil War.

Web Guide

Penn State: An Illustrated History, "Enduring the Great Depression,"

A history of how Penn State University coped with the Great Depression drawn from a larger online history of the University.

American Memory, Library of Congress

Includes primary sources and archival materials on the history of education in Pennsylvania and the nation, including letters, images, and reports, drawn from the collections of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Fannie Jackson Coppin, Reminiscences of School Life, and Hints on Teaching, (1913); reprint, G. K. Hall, 1995.

Reflections on her own life history and on education by pioneering African-American educator Fanny Jackson Coppin, who served as principal of Philadelphia's Institute for Colored Youth from 1869 to 1902.

National Council for History Education

Online clearinghouse for a national organization devoted to promoting the importance of history in schools and in society, including online publications and materials on the teaching of history in schools

PBS.SCHOOL: The Story of American Public Education: Evolving Classroom.

This website accompanies a four-part television series on the history of America's education system from colonial times to the present. The website offers excellent resources, including photographs that illustrate important moments of education history, a chronological timeline of key political events, brief biographies of educational innovators, and a curriculum guide available for download.

Pennsylvania Department of Education

Valuable site for issues of history standards and all aspects of current education law and policy.

Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC)

Contains links to resources on the history of Pennsylvania and education in the Commonwealth for teachers and students, and information about the state's many museums and history-related programs.

US Department of Education

A broad range of resources on education in the United States for parents, students, and teachers, including data on American schools, student achievement, and other educational issues.

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