History of Education Quarterly

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Edited By: Nancy Beadie and Joy Williamson-Lott

Online ISSN: 1748-5959

50th Anniversary Retrospective Virtual Issue

Guest Editor: Andrea Walton, Indiana University Bloomington

These 40 articles seek to capture the major themes, debates, and trends of the first fifty years of the History of Education Quarterly, the journal of the History of Education Society (founded in 1961). The articles, appearing in chronological order, and ranging from classics in the field to recent scholarship, were selected with input from a survey of HES members and the guest editor’s consultation with colleagues and a graduate student advisory committee. Please visit the HEQ 50th anniversary webpage, for more information about the selections and for supplemental HEQ bibliographies.


Leonard Ayres and the Educational Balance Sheet
Raymond E. Callahan (March 1961)

The Myth of Agrarianism in Rural Educational Reform, 1890-1914
Ann M. Keppel (June 1962)

A Review Symposium
John L. Childs, Robert Ulich, William W. Brickman, Fred M. Hechinger, Paul Woodring, Brian Holmes, Rush Welter, and Lawrence A. Cremin.
(Spring 1967)

Civilization-Building and the Modernization Process: A Framework for the Reinterpretation of the History of Education
R. Freeman Butts (Summer 1967)

The Emergence of Bureaucracy in Urban Education: The Boston Case, 1850-1884: Part I
Michael B. Katz (Summer 1968)


Urban Reform and the Schools: Kindergartens in Massachusetts, 1870-1915
Marvin Lazerson (Summer 1971)

The Death of the Liberal Arts College
James L. Axtell (Winter 1971)

Liberalism and the Quest for Orderly Change
Clarence J. Karier (Spring 1972)

Social Reform and the Urban School
Carl F. Kaestle (Summer 1972)

Perspectives on the History of Women’s Education in the United States
Jill K. Conway (Spring 1974)

Pilgrim’s Progress: Toward a Social History of the School Superintendency, 1860-1960
David B. Tyack (Autumn 1976)

The Origins of Public Education: A Reassessment
Michael B. Katz (Winter 1976)

Education and the Making of the Chicago Working Class, 1880-1930
David Hogan (Autumn 1978)

Northern Foundations and the Shaping of Southern Black Rural Education, 1902-1935
James D. Anderson (Winter 1978)

The Ever Widening Circle: The Diffusion of Feminist Values from the Troy Female Seminary, 1822-1872
Anne Firor Scott (Spring 1979)

On Revisionism.” Review of Diane Ravitch, The Revisionists Revisited: A Critique of the Radical Attack on the Schools
Joseph F. Kett (Summer 1979)


History of Education: a Southern Exposure
Wayne Urban (Summer 1981)

Doctorates for American Women, 1868-1907
Margaret W. Rossiter (Summer 1982)

Spiritual Motherhood: German Feminists and the Kindergarten Movement, 1848-1911
Ann Taylor Allen (Autumn 1982)

The Mental Hygiene Movement, The Development of Personality and the School: The Medicalization of American Education
Sol Cohen (Summer 1983)

Here Was Fellowship: A Social Portrait of Academic Women at Wellesley College, 1895-1920
Patricia A. Palmieri (Summer 1983)

The Struggle against Separate and Unequal Schools: Middle Class Mexican Americans and the Desegregation Campaign in Texas, 1929-1957 Guadalupe San Miguel Jr. (Fall 1983)

American Socialist Pedagogy and Experimentation in the Progressive Era: The Socialist Sunday School
Kenneth Teitelbaum and William J. Reese (Winter 1983)

Forum: How to Think about the Dartmouth College Case
John S. Whitehead and Jurgen Herbst (Fall 1986)

The Plural Worlds of Educational Research
Ellen Condliffe Lagemann (Summer 1989)


The Queen of the Lobby": Mary Hunt, Scientific Temperance, and the Dilemma of Democratic Education in America, 1879-1906
Jonathan Zimmerman (Spring 1992)

Chanting Choristers': Simultaneous Recitation in Baltimore's Nineteenth-Century Primary Schools
William R. Johnson (Spring 1994)

Losing Patience and Staying Professional: Women Teachers and the Problem of Classroom Discipline in New York City Schools in the 1920s
Kate Rousmaniere (Spring 1994)

African American Teachers in the South, 1890-1940: Powerlessness and the Ironies of Expectations and Protest
Michael Fultz (Winter 1995)

Forum on History and Educational Reform
Robert L. Hampel, William R. Johnson, David N. Plank, Diane Ravitch, David Tyack and Larry Cuban (Winter 1996)

Science for Ladies, Classics for Gentlemen: A Comparative Analysis of Scientific Subjects in the Curricula of Boys' and Girls' Secondary Schools in the United States, 1794-1850
Kim Tolley (Summer 1996)

From Student Markets to Credential Markets: The Creation of the Regents Examination System in New York State, 1864-1890
Nancy Beadie (Spring 1999)


"The Pacific Era Has Arrived;" Transnational Education among Japanese Americans, 1932-1941
Eiichiro Azuma (Spring 2003)

Brown, Black, and Yellow: Desegregation in a Multi-Ethnic Context
Joy Ann Williamson (Spring 2004)

Epistemology for the Masses: the Origin of the ‘Scientific Method in American Schools
John Rudolph (Fall 2005)

Reconsidering Schools and the American Welfare State
Miriam Cohen (December 2005)

Socioeconomic Incentives to Teach in New York and North Carolina: Toward a More Complex Model of Teacher Labor Markets, 1800-1850
Nancy Beadie and Kim Tolley (March 2006)

Judicial Activism and the Origins of Parental Choice: The Court's Role in the Institutionalization of Compulsory Education in the United States, 1891–1925
Steven Provasnik (October 2006)

The Curious Status of the History of Education: A Parallel Perspective
John L. Rury (Winter 2006)

Poverty and Parenting: Transforming Early Education's Legacy in the 1960s
Elizabeth Rose (May 2009)