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reviewed by Merle L. Borrowman 1977

coverTitle: Public Education
Author(s): Lawrence A. Cremin
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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As the university-based profession of historians emerged in the United States in the late nineteenth century, it was profoundly influenced by the Germanic historian Von Ranke. Not only had he insisted that historians be "scientifically" accurate in their descriptions of the past; he also urged them to discover the natural laws of societal evolution. Many American historians soon deserted Von Ranke. They did not perceive him as significant and wise. Nevertheless they held to his basic disciplinary commitments. Among the most powerful of the new American historians was Frederick Jackson Turner. He, like many others, was deeply influenced by tendencies stressed at the new Johns Hopkins University. Turner believed that wise historians should not only identify persisting social values, problems, and institutions but should also examine the evolution of social institutions with respect to these persistent problems and convictions. In his book Public Education, it seems to me that Lawrence A. Cremin... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 79 Number 1, 1977, p. 139-144
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1184, Date Accessed: 11/24/2017 5:21:56 PM

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