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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
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).