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Horace Mann; a biography.

Author: Jonathan Messerli
Publisher: New York, Knopf, 1972 [©1971]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : [1st ed.]View all editions and formats
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In this full-scale critical biography of Horace Mann, Jonathan Messerli has provided the first comprehensive portrait of the humanitarian reformer who helped lay the basis for the American public school system. Looking behind the father-of-the-system legend, Jonathan Messerli shows us the man himself in the context of his era, with its tensions and fears for the future of society. Mann's legal and political careers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
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Messerli, Jonathan, 1926-
Horace Mann.
New York, Knopf, 1972 [©1971]
(OCoLC)756450571
Named Person: Horace Mann; Horace Mann; Horace Mann; Horace Mann; Horace Mann
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Messerli
ISBN: 0394429206 9780394429205
OCLC Number: 298685
Description: xviii, 604, xxxvii pages illustrations 25 cm
Contents: Age of homespun --
Providence --
Rustication --
Republican aristocrat --
Bridges, railroads, and religious freedom --
Shuolders of Atlas --
Lonely, empty life --
To the brink --
Reluctant crusader --
Moralist in an immoral society --
Transient and the intrinsic --
Circuit rider to the next generation --
New Shay: the deacon's masterpiece --
clubs at the basr of an apple tree --
New vistas --
Another world --
Running a tilt like a mad bull --
Family andnation --
Sisyphus --
Ordeal of compromise --
Statesman and the prophet --
Impossible dream.
Local System Bib Number:
1610475867688_232447
991000046169705351

Abstract:

In this full-scale critical biography of Horace Mann, Jonathan Messerli has provided the first comprehensive portrait of the humanitarian reformer who helped lay the basis for the American public school system. Looking behind the father-of-the-system legend, Jonathan Messerli shows us the man himself in the context of his era, with its tensions and fears for the future of society. Mann's legal and political careers involved him in virtually every reform movement of his time -- a period when the poor, the intemperate, the enslaved, the illiterate, the imprisoned, the insane were seen by reformers not merely as objects of pity and benevolence, but as distressing challenges to the growing optimism of "the American way of life." Mr. Messerli shows Horace Mann on a one-man crusade to modify human nature through moral indoctrination of the young and systematic training in literacy and citizenship. Writing voluminously, lecturing across the country, Mann worked tirelessly to establish a public-based system of education that he would, he hoped, usher in a millennium of enlightened ethics, patriotism, brotherhood, and affluence. -- From publisher's description.
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