Crescent City Schools: Public Education in New Orleans, 1841-1991

4 avg rating
( 5 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781935754152: Crescent City Schools: Public Education in New Orleans, 1841-1991
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

In 1841 New Orleans opened its public schools with the personal assistance of Horace Mann, the early champion of public education in the United States. Those first schools launched public schooling not only in the Crescent City but throughout Louisiana and much of the Deep South. At the time, New Orleans was the only large city of the slave South in a majority black state. The problems of race are, as a result, deeply rooted in its public schools. Longer than any other urban school system, the Crescent City's public schools have faced the challenge of racial equity. During the Civil War, the Union generals who governed New Orleans began the first system of public schooling for black children in the South. When the war ended, black and white visionaries framed a new state government that brought even more revolutionary change to public education.

Alone in the South, the Crescent City schools experienced classroom integration during Reconstruction. The experiment was both extensive and successful. But it collapsed when the so-called Redeemers used violence to purge the schools and to restore segregation. The severe reaction almost destroyed the entire system of public education. And, after the schools slowly reemerged, fully segregated, they faced another round of turmoil in the middle of the twentieth century, as federal courts responded to a long tradition of local black protest and made New Orleans the first testing ground for desegregation in the Deep South.

It would be hard to find any urban public school system anywhere in the Western world which has faced a similar level of struggle and travail. Understanding this troubled past should disabuse any reader of the notion that the current crisis in public education in New Orleans and other large American cities is of recent origin or open to easy, simple remedy.

That the original ideals of American public education have come down to the present era flawed and unfulfilled should not be surprising. It is more amazing that the public schools of New Orleans have survived at all, and that they have often prospered. This first account of the Crescent City schools long history recalls the dedicated efforts of those educators and civic leaders who remained committed to the ideals of public education and who nurtured the city's schools. It gives special attention to the remarkable corps of women teachers who overcame conflicts in city and state politics to improve conditions for themselves and for many of the city's children.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

More than a local institutional history of public education in New Orleans . . .. A succinct one-hundred-and-fifty-year sociopolitical history of the Crescent City. --Journal of Southern History

The standard on public education in New Orleans . . .. An important contribution to the history of education and race relations in the South. --Louisiana History

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Other Popular Editions of the Same Title

9780940984660: Crescent City Schools: Public Education in New Orleans 1841-1991

Featured Edition

ISBN 10:  0940984660 ISBN 13:  9780940984660
Publisher: Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette, 1991
Hardcover

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Donald E. DeVore
ISBN 10: 1935754157 ISBN 13: 9781935754152
New Paperback Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
Big River Books
(Powder Springs, GA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # 1EYDQW0060XI

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 20.76
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.49
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

2.

Donald E. DeVore; Joseph Logsdon
Published by Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette (2012)
ISBN 10: 1935754157 ISBN 13: 9781935754152
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Irish Booksellers
(Portland, ME, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2012. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1935754157

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 32.99
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.27
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds

3.

Donald E. DeVore
Published by Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette (2012)
ISBN 10: 1935754157 ISBN 13: 9781935754152
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Books Express
(Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Univ of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2012. Paperback. Condition: New. Reprint. Ships with Tracking Number! INTERNATIONAL WORLDWIDE Shipping available. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service!. Seller Inventory # 1935754157n

More information about this seller | Contact this seller

Buy New
US$ 105.29
Convert currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, rates & speeds