Women's Rights, Racial Integration, and Education from 1850-1920: The Case of Sarah Raymond, the…

Hardcover | October 15, 2009

byMonica Cousins Noraian

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Although she held an important position of educational leadership for eighteen years, Sarah Raymond Fitzwilliam’s story has been largely overlooked. This historical biography of Fitzwilliam examines her abolitionist roots growing up on a stop of the Underground Railroad, her training at a “normal school,” her tenure as a teacher, principal and the nation’s first city school superintendent (Bloomington, Illinois 1874-1892). In the process, Noraian also chronicles American society during the Gilded and Progressive ages.

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Although she held an important position of educational leadership for eighteen years, Sarah Raymond Fitzwilliam’s story has been largely overlooked. This historical biography of Fitzwilliam examines her abolitionist roots growing up on a stop of the Underground Railroad, her training at a “normal school,” her tenure as a teacher, princ...

Monica Cousins Noraian is Director of the History-Social Sciences Education Program and Assistant Professor of History at Illinois State University. She is active with the professional development of history-social science educators and pre-service teachers. Prior to joining the faculty of Illinois State University, she taught high sc...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:200 pages, 8.56 × 5.7 × 0.61 inPublished:October 15, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230613225

ISBN - 13:9780230613225

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PART II: THE EARLY YEARS * PART III: ILLINOIS STATE NORMAL UNIVERSITY YEARS * PART IV: TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL OF BLOOMINGTON SCHOOLS * PART V: SUPERINTENDENT OF BLOOMINGTON SCHOOLS * PART VI: THE RESIGNATION

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"Sarah Raymond was that rare figure who quietly, though powerfully, altered the contours of public schooling at a particularly crucial moment. As the first woman in the country to serve as superintendent of a city school system, she signaled a fundamental shift in how communities understood leadership – and leaders. Noraian captures this intriguing story, freshly pieced together from as-yet little tapped sources, revealing an individual we should know."--Jackie M. Blount, Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Ecology, The Ohio State University“A gifted storyteller, Monica Cousins Noraian has written an engaging historical biography that illuminates the career of the country’s first female superintendent of city schools. Because Sarah Raymond was a woman leader who dared to trouble the status quo, her story provides a model for today’s social justice advocates, male or female, who would advance the broader cause of educational equity. The book is a major contribution to the research about women educational leaders, and makes a meaningful contribution to historical understanding of educational leadership in an earlier time.”--Linda L. Lyman, Professor, Illinois State University