A rich and fascinating portrait of education life in America between 1830 and 1920, Woman's "True" Profession is an indispensable contribution to our understanding of the teaching profession.
"Women have always been teachers." So begins this second edition of Nancy Hoffman's classic history of women and the teaching profession in the United States. With this revised collection of her own essays and the writings of early women teachers, Hoffman offers a rich and fascinating portrait of educational life in America.
The documents that enrich this volume include autobiographical writings of teachers who practiced between 1830 and 1920. Hoffman's essays probe the socioeconomic factors that led women into teaching, analyze the roles that women teachers played in effecting social change, and assess the impact of urbanization and bureaucracy on teaching.
This second edition greatly expands on and revises the central focus of the original book, drawing on several decades of feminist research and analysis that was not available when the first edition was published. In addition, it includes a thoroughly reconsidered account of the relationship between race and education, together with archival materials written by Black women teachers that were not known at the time of the first edition.
A book that explores the full range of contributions, challenges, successes, and frustrations that marked these early teacher's careers, Woman's "True" Profession is an indispensable contribution to our understanding of the teaching profession.
Nancy Hoffman brings us--in their words--the experiences and ideas of women whose work built public education, and who changed it. This remarkable book brings life and light to many of the most important moments in the history of schooling, and should be read by all who study schools--or care about them. — David K. Cohen, John Dewey Collegiate Professor of Education and Walter H. Annenberg Professor of Education Policy, University of Michigan
In this second edition of Nancy Hoffman’s acclaimed history, we discover the struggles and joys of women who did some of the most important work in early America—they taught. Hoffman is especially attentive to the experiences of African American teachers as she gives us a fuller sense of how race and gender were mixed with education. In Hoffman’s history there are many lessons for today. — Johnnetta Betsch Cole, President, Bennett College for Women
If we were to choose one book that every teacher and every parent should read, it would be Nancy Hoffman's Woman's "True" Profession. Hoffman traces the history of teaching from the days of the one-room schoolhouse, to the schools of the rural South after the Civil War, to the teeming urban classrooms of the early twentieth century. This celebration of teachers and teaching places them in the honored position they deserve. This new edition will take its place on the bookshelf of classics on American Education. — Katherine C. Boles and Vivian Troen, Coauthors of Who's Teaching Your Children