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Philadelphia's Progressive Orphanage: The Carson Valley School Hardcover – October 20, 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press; First Edition and First Printing edition (October 20, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0271017147
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271017143
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,505,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The story of Carson College is one of many stories that, taken together, answer the question, What happened to progressivism? . . . Contosta tells this story clearly and succinctly while avoiding the trap of excessive detail that characterizes many institutional histories. Based solidly on primary materials and interwoven with relevant secondary literature, Philadelphia’s Progressive Orphanage is a model institutional study.”
Journal of American History

“The Carson Valley School has been an institutional embodiment of Progressivism. David Contosta is very effective in making the links between the larger Progressive ideology and the specifics of Carson. He has cast the story of this unique institution in a way that will maximize its interest for the history of education, social work, philanthropy, and urban institutions.”
—Robert Fishman, Rutgers University, Camden

About the Author

David R. Contosta is Professor of History at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia. He is the author of many books, including Henry Adams and the American Experiment (1980) and Villanova University, 1842–1992: American—Catholic—Augustinian (Penn State, 1995).

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By Micky on October 9, 2011
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I lived at Carson College in the 40's. It was very nostalgic to read about the place I lived for a number of years with Mrs. Salome Jackson at ORCHARD cottage. My husband bought this book through AMAZON as a surprise for me. I wish there had been more written about the 40's.
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By Ralph S. Riovo on February 3, 2011
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I was curious about the Carson Valley School after I came across the name in my research for a book I was writing. This history gave me a real depth into its history & gave me the dates of operation I needed.
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