Children of the Mill
Schooling and Society in Gary, Indiana, 1906-1960
Routledge – 2002 – 300 pages
First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
"Ronald D. Cohen brings the past alive like few historians of education writing today." -- from the new foreword by William J. Reese, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"[Praise for the hardcover edition] As the story unfolds in Ronald D. Cohen's clear, workmanlike prose, enlivened by a wry sense of humor and vivid quotations and anecdotes, one appreciates more and more Cohen's decision 'not to put Gary schools in an ideological straitjacket." -- David Tyack, author of Tinkering Toward Utopia: A Century of Public School Reform
"[Praise for the hardcover edition] This wonderfully crafted work tells the story of a remarkable school history, and contributes a valuable addition to the scholarship of educational history." -- David G. Hogan, Heidelberg College
"[Praise for the hardcover edition] Cohen's case study provides a lovely source book for anyone who is interested in examining the way in which major issues in American education played out in a particular setting." -- David F. Labaree, Michigan State University
"… Will be rewarded by an informative study that sets an intriguing story of educational reform in a carefully drawn historical context… He explores, successfully, the relationship between educational and social change… Children of the Mill significantly contributes to, without resolving, the continuing historiographical debate over the virtues--and meaning--of progressive schooling." -- Paul Axelrod, York University, Histoire sociale / Social History, Vol. XXXVI, No. 72
Ronald D. Cohen is Professor of History at Indiana University Northwest. He is the author of Moonlight in Duneland: The Illustrated Story of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad and Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940-1970.