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SCHOOL: Episode 1 - The Common School (1770 - 1890)

AS SEEN ON PBS

Synopsis

In the aftermath of the Revolution, a newly independent America came face-to-face with one of its most daunting challenges: how to build a united nation out of 13 colonies with little in common. Many citizens believed that education held the key. This episode profiles the passionate crusade launched by Thomas Jefferson, Horace Mann and others to create a common system of tax-supported schools that would mix people of different backgrounds and reinforce the bonds that tie Americans together. Would the grand experiment, with all of its flaws, succeed?

Directed by Sarah Mondale
Produced by Sarah B. Patton and Sarah Mondale
Edited by Marian Hunter
Narrated by: Meryl Streep


OTHER EPISODES:

SCHOOL: The Story of American Public Education (series)
Episode 2 – As American as Public School (1900- 1950)
Episode 3 – Equality (1950- 1980)
Episode 4 – The Bottom Line (1980 – 2001)

MAJOR FUNDING FOR "SCHOOL" PROVIDED BY:

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting
The National Endowment for the Humanities
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The Ford Foundation
The Carnegie Corporation of New York
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
The Lovelace Family Trust
The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
The Annenberg Foundation
Community Funds, Inc.
The Spencer Foundation
The George Gund Foundation
The William H. Donner Foundation
The Hillsdale Fund
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The MetLife Foundation
The W.H. Kellogg Foundation
The James Ford Bell Foundation
The New York Council for the Humanities
The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media/Funding Exchange

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