American Writers:. Washington Irving 1783 - 1859 Named after George Washington Writings often told about American History “Rip Van Winkle” “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” Was a bridge between European literary traditions and a new type of writer who
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George Caleb Bingham
-painted scenes from people’s daily lives
Modeled after Greeks and Romans
-symbolic because Greek and Roman governments contained some of the same democratic and republican ideals as the new American nation
Political leaders believed that democracy would only succeed
in a country of educated and enlightened people.
Who would provide it?
1837 Massachusetts lawmakers created a state board of education
Other states followed this example
-served as Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Education since its creation
a. Campaigned for Education.
b. Established Schools For Teacher Training.
c. Established School District Libraries.
d. Won Financial Backing for Public Education.
e. Extended His Influence Beyond Massachusetts.