American Reform 1820-1850

Carl Schurz was a German liberal who was a relentless foe of slavery and public corruption, contributed richly to the elevation of American political life. The Germans warmly supported education and the thought of public schools. They also stimulated art and music. They also were enemies of slavery.

One of the reforms that occurred during this time was public education. There were two motivations for the start of free school's. Some wanted opportunity for all children to learn. And others wanted public schools to Americanize immigrants. Either way, public schools would benefit our nation. Tax-supported public schools were scarce in the early 1820's. But, at the same time, the conservative Americans did not like the result of what would happen when the future Americans were not educated. A boom in public schools triumphed between 1825 and 1850. Even though public education was a great idea, the new school system had a few defects. The teachers were not payed well and were not trained. Math, writing, and reading were the only things taught in these newly developed schools. Reform was urgently needed. Horace Mann, a graduate of Brown University, campaigned effectively for more and better s



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