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Private Power for the Public Good: A History of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching


reviewed by John Ettling 1984

coverTitle: Private Power for the Public Good: A History of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Author(s): Ellen Condliffe Lagemann
Publisher: College Entrance Examination Board, New York
ISBN: 0874476348, Pages: , Year: 1999
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Almost three decades have elapsed since Merle Curti issued an invitation to historians to take up the study of American philanthropy. “The literature on the subject,” he wrote in 1957, “warrants the hypothetical statement, to be tested by investigation, that philanthropy has been one of the major aspects of and keys to American social and cultural development.” In her history of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (CFAT), Ellen Condliffe Lagemann has lent splendid assistance to that group of scholars who in recent years have begun to bring empirical substance to Curti’s hypothesis. Nothing better distinguishes modern from earlier forms of benevolence than the emergence in the early twentieth century of the large, private foundations. And perhaps no foundation has exerted a greater influence on higher education in the United States than CFAT. Endowed in 1905 with $10 million, CFAT was originally intended by its benefactor to set up... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 86 Number 2, 1984, p. 378-381
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 949, Date Accessed: 1/17/2018 2:21:08 AM

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