Collection : Histories of American Education

How have Americans educated each other? The methods and aims have varied over time and have differed across gender, race, religion, and geography. Formal education took place primarily in schools and universities, which remain our central mechanisms for creating and disseminating ideas, values, and knowledge. But Americans also learned in a wide array of other institutions (including museums and libraries) and in different media (such as newspapers, television, and the internet). This new book series will explore the plurality of American education, casting new light on the practices that have shaped this enormously diverse nation.

About the Editor: Jonathan Zimmerman is Professor of History of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. His publications include Too Hot to Handle: A Global History of Sex Education (Princeton University Press) and Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press).

Please send inquiries to: Jonathan Zimmerman ( and/or to Michael J. McGandy (


Nothing Succeeds Like Failure
The Sad History of American Business Schools
Steven Conn

The Instrumental University
Education in Service of the National Agenda after World War II
Ethan Schrum
In The Instrumental University, Ethan Schrum provides an illuminating genealogy of the educational environment in which administrators, professors, and students live and work today. After World War II, research universities in the United States underwent a profound mission change. The Instrumental University combines intellectual...

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