Spanning more than a hundred years, Public Education in Camden, N.J.: From Inception to Integration tells the history of one of the oldest and largest school districts in New Jersey.
Using vignettes and historical narratives, author Fred Reiss, current assistant superintendent of the Camden Board of Education, tells how the Camden Public Schools survived and thrived through events both mundane and spectacular. Public Education in Camden, N.J.: From Inception to Integration describes and interprets the actions of a board of education throughout a century of history, including:
- The Civil War era
- Hostility between the Republican-controlled city and the Democratic-controlled state
- Peculation and jobbery by board members
- The World Wars
- The Great Depression
- Racism and segregation
Using detailed records from many primary sources, Reiss offers a compelling look at the growth and development of an educational board within an historical framework.