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Teaching Marianne and Uncle Sam
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Offering the first systematic, comparative examination of the origins of teachers’ unions in two countries—France and the United States—Teaching Marianne and Uncle Sam shows how teachers’ unions came into existence not because of the willful efforts of particular actors, but over the course of decades of conflict over the proper role of professional educators in public politics.

Nicholas Toloudis traces teacher unionism back to the first efforts of governments to centralize public education. He carefully documents how centralization created new understandings of the role of teachers in their societies and generated new sources of conflict within teachers’ corps. Using rare archival source materials, Toloudis illustrates how these internal conflicts became salient in teachers’ battles with governments over their legitimate right to exist as collective claim-makers within the polity.

In the series Politics, History, and Social Change, edited by John C. Torpey

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Part I. The Puzzle of Turn-of-the-Century Teacher's Politics
  2. p. 1
  1. 1. Teachers, Politics, and the State
  2. pp. 3-17
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  1. 2. Centralization, Mobilization, and Selective Engagement
  2. pp. 18-33
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  1. II. Centralizing Education and Mobilizing Teachers
  2. p. 35
  1. 3. Centralizing Public Education and Teachers' Politics in Nineteenth-Century France
  2. pp. 37-64
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  1. 4. Centralization and Its Discontents among New York City Teachers
  2. pp. 65-91
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  1. III. The Politics of Selective Engagement
  2. p. 93
  1. 5. Selective Engagement and Teachers' Politics in France, 1887–1950
  2. pp. 95-125
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  1. 6. Selective Engagement and Teachers’ Politics in New York City, 1920–1960
  2. pp. 126-156
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  1. IV. Conclusion
  2. p. 157
  1. 7. Marianne and Uncle Sam Revisited
  2. pp. 159-176
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 177-206
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 207-213
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