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John L. Brooke

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780807833230

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838877_Brooke

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Boundaries, sympathies, and the settlement 1785–1800

Boundaries, sympathies, and the settlement 1785–1800

(p.228) 6 Boundaries, sympathies, and the settlement 1785–1800
Columbia Rising

John L. Brooke

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter describes education as the primary vehicle of a culture of sensibility in the early Republic. Education stood on somewhat shaky ground in the town of Kinderhook. Traditionally, the schools were conducted in Dutch on the authority of the Reformed Church, and a final transition toward instruction in English came only haltingly. In the fall of 1777, Andrew Carshore, recently deserted from General John Burgoyne's defeated and interned army, started an English school in Kinderhook village, but in 1780 he was lured away to Claverack to teach in the new Washington Seminary, where many of the county gentry sent their sons, and some of their daughters, for an academy education. In 1792, the Kinderhook Reformed consistory acted to improve the level of education in the town, selling a parcel of land to build a new school for students advancing beyond the primary level.

Keywords:   education, culture of sensibility, early Republic, Kinderhook, Reformed Church

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