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Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America’s Republic


reviewed by Christine Woyshner - December 05, 2008

coverTitle: Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America’s Republic
Author(s): Mary Kelley
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC
ISBN: 0807859214, Pages: 312, Year: 2008
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Mary Kelley breaks important new ground in her book, Learning to Stand and Speak, a history of women’s education in post-Revolutionary and antebellum America. She links together ideas from three areas: the history of women’s education, women’s clubs and associations, and public life. Kelley argues that increasing efforts at the formal education of women during this time helped them challenge assumed gender expectations because women began to apply their lessons to the public sphere, or civil society. While she does attempt to include a diverse array of women, any historian cannot help but recognize the limitations of that era; Kelley’s focus is on white women of the middling and upper classes who attended seminaries, academies, and other institutions in the nation’s early years. However, this is not to be taken as a drawback to her study. Kelley weaves a rich narrative that draws on school curriculum documents, letters, published works,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 05, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15461, Date Accessed: 12/8/2019 2:19:17 PM

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  • Christine Woyshner
    Temple University
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    CHRISTINE WOYSHNER is Associate Professor of Education at Temple University. She is author or coeditor of four books, including Social Education in the Twentieth Century: Curriculum and Context for Citizenship; The Educational Work of Women’s Organizations, 1890-1960; and The National PTA, Race, and Civic Engagement, 1897-1970.
 
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