ERIC Number: ED255402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
The Making of "Good" Americans: Civic Education of Immigrants.
Bell, Samuel R.
This paper examines the history of the civic education of immigrants to the United States during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This was a time of great social upheaval, not only for the new immigrant groups, but also for members of groups that had arrived in the United States earlier. Public schools were seen as the logical institutions for assimilation. Because of the cultural diversity of these newer groups and deeply ingrained traditions among members of earlier groups, Americanization meant more than acquisition of the knowledge and skills required by industrial societies; it also meant eradicating cultural differences and impressing American values. While this approach often made many children ashamed of their cultural backgrounds, some were able to become Americanized and retain pride in their native cultures. (IS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
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