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This book argues that military education was an important institution in the development of the southern middle class as a regional group and as part of the national middle class in the late antebellum years. It explores class formation, professionalization, and social mobility in the 1840s and 1850s, using this data to define the middle class on a national level, while also identifying regionally specific characteristics of the emerging southern middle class. Green argues that the significance of antebellum military education is, first, that it illuminates the emerging southern middle class, a group difficult to locate and differentiate; second, it offered social stability or mobility; finally, it explicitly linked middle-class stability or mobility to the ongoing national professionalization of teachers. Ultimately, these schools demonstrate that educational opportunity and reform took place in the antebellum South and that schooling aided southerners in social mobility.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521894937
ISBN-10: 052189493X
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 26mm)
Pages: 314
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 15-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jennifer R. Green

Jennifer R. Green is associate professor of history at Central Michigan University. Her dissertation, completed at Boston University, won the Claude A. Eggertsen Best Dissertation Prize from the History of Education Society. She has published articles in the Journal of Southern History, Journal of the Historical Society, and the collection Southern Manhood, and presented at major conferences. She was the recipient of a Teaching American History grant for 2004-2007.