The era of optimism, 1850-1870: a preliminary reappraisal.


Hervey B. Wilbur founded the Barre School, the first private residential school in the United States, in 1848. Samuel G. Howe began the Massachusetts School for Idiotic and Feeble Minded Youth, the first residential public school in the United States, in 1850. Correspondence of the period indicates educational results were less than expected and that… (More)


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