Lessons from a pequeña república: Lancasterian education, state-making, and the crisis of patriarchal authority in early post-independence Mexico Public Deposited

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  • Castillo, Angélica
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • The role of primary schools within the process of early post-independence Mexican state-making has been largely overlooked. In this study, I argue that primary schools, specifically those utilizing the Lancasterian educational method should be studied further because they yield important insights into the troubled course of Mexican nation-building during the first two decades following independence. The writings of elite Mexico City officials and lowly primary school teachers reveal that not only were Lancasterian schools considered especially effective in the training of a new citizenry, the schools were perceived to be actual representations of the republican society post-independence state-makers aspired to construct. When studied as microcosms of the greater republic, Lancasterian schools thus introduce an issue which has rarely been addressed in the study of early post-independence Mexico: generational conflicts between insubordinate minors and patriarchal authorities were a major obstacle in the creation of a stable Mexican state.
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