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The Transatlantic KindergartenEducation and Women's Movements in Germany and the United States$
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Ann Taylor Allen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190274412

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274412.001.0001

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Growth and Transplantation: The Kindergarten in Germany and America, 1848–1870s

Growth and Transplantation: The Kindergarten in Germany and America, 1848–1870s

(p.33) 2 Growth and Transplantation: The Kindergarten in Germany and America, 1848–1870s
The Transatlantic Kindergarten

Ann Taylor Allen

Oxford University Press

In the revolutionary year 1848, the kindergarten was a place where German women, both liberal and socialist, could express their political aspirations. Barred from electoral politics, educated women claimed another sphere—that of child-rearing and education. No revolution, they asserted, could succeed without changing attitudes, and this could be done only by educating a new generation of children. As German women did not yet teach in great numbers in the public-school system, they developed the kindergarten, which existed only under private auspices, as an experiment in revolutionary pedagogy. Because of its subversive associations, the kindergarten was banned in most German states after the failure of the revolution. German political exiles (Forty-Eighters) first brought the kindergarten to the United States, where it soon found roots among native-born as well as immigrant educators. The kindergarten appealed to Americans because of its combined emphasis on individual liberty and social responsibility.

Keywords:   kindergarten, 1848 Revolution, pedagogy, women teachers, immigration

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