Urban Education in the United States

A Historical Reader

  • John L. Rury

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction: The Changing Social Contours of Urban Education

  3. The Origins of Urban School Systems

  4. Bureaucracy and Curricular Differentiation, 1870–1910

  5. Policies and Politics in Urban Schools, 1900–1940

  6. The Postwar Era: 1945–1980

  7. Urban School Reform in the Late Twentieth Century

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 275-281
    2. John F. Witte
      Pages 309-331
    3. Brian Jacob
      Pages 333-340
  8. Epilogue: The Uncertain Future of Urban Education

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 349-352

About this book


Urban Education in the United States examines the development of schools in the large cities of the USA. John Rury, a well-known historian of education, introduces and highlights the most significant and classic essays dealing with urban schooling in this collection. Urban Education in the United States will provide an introduction to critical themes in the history of city schools and will frame each section with an overview of urban education research during particular periods in US history.


curriculum education educational research kindergarten school schooling social history

Editors and affiliations

  • John L. Rury
    • 1
  1. 1.University of KansasUSA

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