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War That Wasn't, The
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Historians of religion and public schooling often focus on conflict and Bible Wars, pitting Catholics and Protestants against one another in palpitating narratives of the embattled development of American public schooling. The War That Wasn’t tells a different story, arguing that in nineteenth-century New York State a civil system of democratic, local control led to adjustments and compromises far more than discord and bitter conflict. In the decades after the Civil War, New Yorkers from rural, one-room schools to big city districts hammered out a variety of ways to reconcile public education and religious diversity. This book recounts their stories in delightful and compelling detail. The common school system of New York State managed to keep the peace during a time of religious and ethnic pluralism, before sweeping educational reforms ended many of these compromises by the turn of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. The War that Wasn’t
  2. p. iii
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Tables and Figures
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. 1. Explaining the History of Religion in Public Schools
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part 1. Origins of the Public School “System”
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. 2. Democracy Trumps Theocracy: The Civil Origins of the Common School System in New York
  2. pp. 19-44
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  1. 3. Religion in Post-Bellum State and Local School Governance
  2. pp. 45-66
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  1. Part 2. Religion and District Schools
  2. pp. 67-68
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  1. 4. Politics, Religion, and District Schooling
  2. pp. 69-88
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  1. 5. Religious Use of the District Schoolhouse
  2. pp. 89-106
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  1. 6. Religious Exercises in District Schools
  2. pp. 107-140
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  1. Part 3. Religion and Urban Schools
  2. pp. 141-142
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  1. 7. Local Control, Religion and Urban Schooling
  2. pp. 143-156
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  1. 8. Religious Exercises in Urban Schools
  2. pp. 157-188
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  1. 9. Public Funds for Religious Schools
  2. pp. 189-218
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  1. 10. Conclusion: Explanations and Implications
  2. pp. 219-228
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 229-274
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  1. Bibliography of Primary Works Cited
  2. pp. 275-280
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 281-285
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