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Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory (Icons of America) Hardcover – July 14, 2009
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About the Author
Jonathan Zimmerman is professor of education and history, New York University. His previous books include Innocents Abroad: American Teachers in the American Century and Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools. He lives in Narberth, PA.
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I would also like to praise the series in which this book appears. The Yale series, "Icons of America," is filled with fascinating topics that inform our history. I read the work on Joe DiMaggio (although I never really liked the guy) and thought it was a wonderful meditation on the Yankee Clipper and made me understand him just a bit better. This book on the little red schoolhouse has a similar mission; it is a fine book from an even finer series. I recommend both the book and the "Icons of America" series from which it springs.