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The Transatlantic Kindergarten: Education and Women's Movements in Germany and the United States

Ann Taylor Allen


The kindergarten—as institution, as educational philosophy, and as social reform movement—is among the most important contributions of Germany to the world. At first, however, Germany proved an inhospitable environment for this new institution, founded by the educator and philosopher Friedrich Fröbel around 1840. After the failure of the 1848 Revolutions several German governments banned the kindergarten, alleging that it was a hotbed of subversion, largely because of its links to the era’s movements for women’s rights. German revolutionaries who were forced into exile introduced the kindergar ... More

Keywords: kindergarten, women’s rights, reform, pedagogy, German Americans, Friedrich Fröbel, child welfare

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190274412
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274412.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Taylor Allen, author
Professor Emerita of History, University of Louisville