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South versus North

in Women's Work?

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780226660394
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226660417 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226660417.003.0003
South versus North

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The southern educational system reflected the nature of southern society, with an elite committed to supporting secondary and collegiate institutions, but leaving the diffusion of popular primary schooling less well supported than in the North. Nevertheless, as economic historian Albert Fishlow cautioned long ago, “Lack of…sympathy with the educational philosophy should not obscure an ongoing process of instruction in the Southern states.” Southern primary schooling in some form seemed to have reached high proportions of white children, and, by the 1840s, adult literacy was at 80 percent of the level reached in the North. The involvement of women in schoolteaching was much less prevalent in the South than in the North not because arrangements for schooling in the South were scant but because arrangements differed from those in the North. Teachers were not as common in the South as in the North, but southern teachers were not rarities.

Keywords: southern educational system; southern society; collegiate institutions; primary schooling; white children; schoolteaching

Chapter.  15579 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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