Urban Education: A Handbook for Educators and Parents

Urban Education: A Handbook for Educators and Parents

Urban Education: A Handbook for Educators and Parents

Urban Education: A Handbook for Educators and Parents


The narrative of facts--probably best exemplified in the literature of exploration--was an immensely popular genre in mid-nineteenth-century America. In White Lies, John Samson offers full contextual readings of Melville's five major narratives of facts--Typee, Omoo, Redburn, White-Jacket, and Israel Potter. Samson demonstrates that in these novels Melville critically rewrote the sources on which he drew, in effect making the genre itself a subject of his writing.

In his introduction, Samson discusses Melville's knowledge of the genre and its ideology. He then reads each novel in terms of Melville's confrontation with its sources. In each, Samson says, an unreliable narrator represents particular ideological tendencies in Melville's sources. Melville heightens and extends these tendencies, exposes the contradictions and biases within them, and ends by showing the narrator evading or denying experiences that conflict with his ideology. According to Samson, Melville sees the concept of historical progress as the basis of these biases and evasions.

In these five novels, Melville reveals the conflict between democratic, humanitarian, and individualistic principles, on the one hand, and the forces of racial superiority, religious bigotry, economic determinism, and political conservatism, on the other. Taken together, Samson asserts, these novels deconstruct the intellectual foundations of the form of historical narration endorsed by white patriarchal culture.

Scholars and students of nineteenth-century American literature, specialists in the novel, and other readers of Melville will welcome Samson's provocative reinterpretation of these key works in American culture.


How can I advocate for my child? What are the best school practices in teaching diverse learners? What programs are most effective in enhancing learning? These simple but profoundly important questions are the heart of this book series.

This handbook is a practical guide for parents/families and a standard reference resource for educators and libraries. The entire series provides an overview of contemporary research, theories, practices, policy issues, and instructional approaches on a variety of timely and important educational topics. It also gives straightforward recommendations for evaluating curriculum and advocating for children in schools.

Written in clear language, each handbook is divided into three major sections. An overview of the topic, in the first part, provides a framework for understanding the topic in terms of research and policy and summarizes popular approaches, programs, and curricula. The next two sections go into greater depth in a manner most appropriate either for educators or parents, including an annotated bibliography of useful print, audio/video, and electronic resources within each section. Part two is written for teachers, administrators, allied professionals, and those who are studying for such professions. It gives a concise overview of current and cutting-edge research and scholarship, details on research-based effective programs and best practices, and a guide for evaluating and implementing such programs and practices. The third part is written directly for parents and families. It provides an overview of specific issues of concern to parents, implications from research for everyday family life, and strategies for supporting their (and others’) children through involvement in schools and civic life.

In Urban Education: A Handbook for Educators and Parents, Donna Adair Breault and Louise Anderson Allen address a key area demographic for education reform. If we are truly to bring about “meaningful and sustainable . . .

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