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ERIC Number: EJ1144360
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0584
The Struggle for Industrial Education in the "Lowell of the South," Columbus, Georgia, 1850-1930
Bradshaw, Lauren Yarnell; Bohan, Chara Haeussler
American Educational History Journal, v40 n2 p189-206 2013
The history of Columbus, Georgia, cannot be separated from that of the local textile mills; the mills were important in defining the economic success, the social struggles, and the enduring legacy of southern industrial tycoons. Evidence of this industrial past can be seen on almost every street, school, and business located in the city along the river. Columbus, Georgia, situated on a prime hydroelectric location along Chattahoochee River fault line, boasted the title of the "Lowell of the South" for many years (Martin 1874, 15), and through this industrial foundation, the people of Columbus pioneered a vocational education system that became heralded at its inception as a model for industrial education. In this study, the authors examine how the history of the textile mills and other industrial enterprises of Columbus, Georgia affected the city, how this history is connected to education and the stratification of Columbus' society, and how the presence of the mills within the city gave birth to a specific kind of education in which vocational education enthusiasts heralded Columbus as an exemplar model for industrial education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia
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