American National Identity, Policy Paradigms, and Higher Education

A History of the Relationship between Higher Education and the United States, 1862–2015

Authors: Palmadessa, Allison L.

  • Contributes to the literature on the broader history of higher education in the US 
  • Offers an historical account of the relationship between higher education’s purpose, the identity of the nation-state, and the role of policy
  • Examines the identity of the nation-state as construed by Presidential administrations from the 19th century to the present 
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This volume examines the role of higher education in producing and reproducing American cultural identity from 1862 to 2015 and considers whether changes in federal policy regarding higher education result in paradigm shifts that directly impact the purpose of higher education. American institutions of higher education have served as a beacon of American idealism and identity since the foundation of the earliest universities.  As the nation developed, higher education matured and maintained a position of importance in the future of the nation.  While the university has perpetuated American national cultural identity, the nation-state has resourced and legitimated the university, inextricably linking national identity and higher education. In this historical analysis, the relationship between national identity, federal legislation, and higher education is established, and an identity of superiority, defined in economic terms, reinforced by higher education, is revealed.

About the authors

Allison L. Palmadessa is Assistant Professor of History and Coordinator of Social Studies Licensure, Greensboro College, USA. 

Reviews

“This book takes the study of higher education in bold new directions. This theoretically rigorous and empirically grounded study offers a pioneering account of higher education and American national identity. It situates higher education within complex historical, cultural, and policy contexts, problematizes contemporary policy assumptions, and raises critical questions about the future of higher education.” (David F. Ayers, Associate Professor of Community College Leadership, Old Dominion University, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Palmadessa, Allison L.

    Pages 1-48

  • Industrialization and Competition: The Development of the American Research University

    Palmadessa, Allison L.

    Pages 49-91

  • From Progressive Reform to Research and Competition: Higher Education from the Turn of the Twentieth Century Through the Great War

    Palmadessa, Allison L.

    Pages 93-110

  • A Failing Nation, a Struggling Institution: Higher Education in the Inter-War Period

    Palmadessa, Allison L.

    Pages 111-134

  • University Technology and Arms to Win the War: The US in World War II

    Palmadessa, Allison L.

    Pages 135-158

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eBook £52.99
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Hardcover £63.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59934-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
American National Identity, Policy Paradigms, and Higher Education
Book Subtitle
A History of the Relationship between Higher Education and the United States, 1862–2015
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59935-3
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59935-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59934-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 271
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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