Learning To Be Civic: Higher Education and Student Life, 1890-1940
Author(s)Dobkin Hall, Peter
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All studies of American civic life identify the years between 1890 and 1940 as the high tide of civic engagement: the period in which voluntary associations and other formal organizations, for profit and nonprofit, proliferated rapidly, in which citizens participated in unprecedented numbers (Skocpol, 1999; Putnam, 2000; Putnam & Gamm, 1999; Hall, 1999). A variety of forces and collective experiences have been offered to explain this phenomenon: the unifying and paradoxically civilized impact of war; efforts to overcome the atomizing effects of immigration, urbanization, and industrialization; the enactment of laws facilitating corporate and associational activity; efforts by religious and economic conservative activists to privatize religion and culture.
Center for Public Leadership
Center for Public Leadership Working Paper Series;04-09
hks, kennedy school, leadership, cpl, civic, student life, ethics, ivy league
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