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Fifth Annual Report of the General Agent of the Board of National Popular Education (..).

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(Beecher, Catherine, founder) Board of National Popular Education. William Slade. Fifth
Annual Report of the General Agent of the Board of National Popular Education, with the
Constitution of the Board. Cleveland: 1852.
8vo.; printed wrappers.
First edition of a pamphlet also printing Receipts of the Board for 1851; Report of the Fifth
Annual Meeting held in Cleveland on January 8, 1852; Circular to the Teachers of the Board of
National Popular Education; and Extracts of Letters from the Teachers.
Catherine Beecher, sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe, was one of the founding directors of the Board of
National Popular Education, which was founded in 1847 to promote, educate and encourage more women
teachers, particularly in areas removed from large Eastern urban centers. For nearly 40 years, Beecher
worked organizing societies for training teachers and establishing plans for supplying the territories with
good educators. Her object was "to unite American women in an effort to provide a Christian education
for 2,000,000 children in our country." She made her field of labor especially in the west and south, and
sought the aid of educated women throughout the United States. William Slade, corresponding secretary
of the Board notes in his remarks, "Allied to this, is the advantage of employing Female teachers. They
excite no jealousy - provoke no opposition. Their presence wins the children. They can govern them
better and teach them better than men."
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