Teaching and gender in the nineteenth-century United States: Dana Goldstein’s The Teacher Wars

The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession is a new book from journalist Dana Goldstein, focused on the history of education in the United States, with attention to twenty-first-century politics surrounding improvements to education, and professionalization and financial support of teachers.

Her thesis also touches upon education in the nineteenth-century United States, with attention to what Goldstein refers to as the feminization of education as a profession.  Therefore Goldstein’s book brings attention to Catharine Beecher and the Cult of True Womanhood, and her book may serve as a potentially productive complement to Ann Douglas’s The Feminization of American Culture and subsequent work to dismantle this separate spheres argument.

The New York Times offers a review here; Goldstein is interviewed by Sam Seder here.

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