Review of the book This happened in America: Harold Rugg and the censure of social studies by R. W. Evans

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Wayne Journell, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The primary emotion that I felt after reading Ronald Evans' biography of progressive era luminary Harold Rugg was that of pleasant surprise, I was familiar with Evans' work, and I knew that This Happened in America won the 2008 Exemplary Research Award from the National Council for the Social Studies, so I expected the book to be thoroughly researched and well written, which it certainly was. However, I began the book somewhat skeptical about how relevant the story of a rather obscure educator, at least outside of the social studies, would be for a contemporary social studies audience. Yet the way in which Evans tells the story, particularly regarding the ideological attacks Rugg faced during the 1940s, provides a poignant commentary on both the importance of social studies education and the public contention against progressive social studies curricula that questions the status quo.

Additional Information

The History Teacher, (2009), 42, 371-373.
Language: English
Date: 2009
book review, social studies, public education, pedagogy

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