Degree Year

2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

History

Advisor(s)

Shelley Lee
Pablo Mitchell

Keywords

Education, Educational history, Social studies, Secondary school, Citizenship, Curriculum, Cold War, Civil Rights Movement

Abstract

This thesis explores the ways in which changes to citizenship are tied to changes in the secondary school social studies curriculum from 1945 through 1970. During this time, social and political changes forced alterations to the meaning of citizenship. Schools must inherently educate for the future, and are a good measure of what a society views as the values and skills most necessary for the future. As a central inculcator of common values, the social studies class reflected these changes more so than any other school subject.

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