Education for empire : American schools, race, and the paths of good citizenship

Stratton, Clif, 1980- author

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  • Creator Clif Stratton
  • Format Books
  • Publication Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016] ©2016
  • Physical Details
    • xi, 284 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9780520285668, 0520285662, 9780520285675, 0520285670, 9780520961050, 0520961056
  • OCLC ocn920469735


  • "Education for Empire examines how American public schools created and placed children on multiple and uneven paths to "good citizenship." These paths offered varying kinds of subordination and degrees of exclusion closely tied to race, national origin, and US imperial ambitions. Public school administrators, teachers, and textbook authors grappled with how to promote and share in the potential benefits of commercial and territorial expansion, and in both territories and states, how to apply colonial forms of governance to the young populations they professed to prepare for varying future citizenships. The book brings together subjects in American history usually treated separately--in particular the formation and expansion of public schools and empire building both at home and abroad. Temporally framed by the 1882 Chinese Exclusion and 1924 National Origins Acts, two pivotal immigration laws deeply entangled in and telling of US quests for empire, case studies in California, Hawaiʻi, Georgia, New York, the Southwest, and Puerto Rico reveal that marginalized people contested, resisted, and blazed alternative paths to citizenship, in effect destabilizing the boundaries that white nationalists, including many public school officials, in the United States and other self-described "white men's countries" worked so hard to create and maintain"--Provided by publisher.


  • Includes bibliographical references (pages 219-267) and index.


  • Introduction: good citizens -- Geography, history, and citizenship -- Visions of white California -- Hawaiian cosmopolitans and the American Pacific -- Black Atlanta's education through labor -- Becoming white New Yorkers -- Colonial citizens, deportable citizens -- Epilogue: knowledge and citizenship
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