ERIC Number: ED044591
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Publication Date: 1970
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The Chautauqua Movement: An Episode in the Continuing American Revolution.
Gould, Joseph E.
Inaugurated for the purpose of training Sunday school teachers, the Chautauqua Movement rapidly expanded its course offerings and its popular appeal until it reached thousands of culture-starved communities and helped to give discipline and direction to angry and inchoate movements of social protest. It pioneered in correspondence courses, lecture-study groups, and reading circles in the United States. It filled a vast need for adult education, expecially in rural areas, and provided a free platform for discussion of vital issues, and a high standard of cultural entertainment, It introduced many new concepts, ideas, and opportunities to American life: university extension; summer sessions; civic music and civic opera associations; Boy Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, and similar youth groups; courses in dietetics, nutrition, library science, and physical education; and a university press. The movement attracted men such as John Vincent, John D. Rockefeller, and William Harper, who brought talent and devotion to it. (NL)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Programs, Correspondence Study, Discussion Groups, Educational Needs, Educational Opportunities, Extension Education, History, Lecture Method, Reading Programs, Religious Education, Residential Programs, Summer Programs
State Univ. of New York Press, Thurlow Terrace, Albany, New York 12201
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