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Life at Four Corners: Religion, Gender, and Education in a German-Lutheran Community, 1868-1945 Paperback – October, 1994

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"A fascinating account of one community's struggle with cohesion and assimilation." -- Kansas History

"A first-rate contribution to the history of education, ethnicity, religion, women, and the family." -- History of Education Quarterly

"A remarkable study." -- Christian Century

"An excellent interdisciplinary study of the transmission of education and culture across four generations." -- American Historical Review

"Brings the study of rural community to a new level." -- Western Historical Quarterly

"Thanks to Coburn, the images of a vibrant, multifaceted community are brought back to life." -- Kansas City Star

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"This book is clearly and engagingly written. It opens a window on the inner life of an early rural settlement in Kansas and allows the reader to understand the values, fears, and beliefs of this important group of settlers. The author offers insight into the intersection of several variables, including gender, religion, and region."--Glenda Riley, author of The Female Frontier: A Comparative View of Women on the Prairie and the Plains

Product Details

  • Series: Rural America
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas (October 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700606823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700606825
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,255,516 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love the ease in this book can be read. The writer did not make this an academic text and yet there is no doubting the research and scholarship that went into this book.
I came into the Lutheran faith later into life and this book helps me understand the traditions and norms of some of the older members of my congregation. This book would make a great cross-generational study.
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