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Educating the secular citizen in English schools, 1897–1938


This article examines secularists’ efforts over 41 years to shape civic morality and civic culture in their own image. Through pressure groups – the Moral Instruction League (1897–c.1923) and the League of Nations Union (1919–1938) – activists aimed to create secular citizens in English schools. In so doing, they aimed to act as ‘agents of secularisation’. Some (limited) political influence was achieved, and their publications reached many thousands. Yet campaigners were unable to unite a majority of Christians, or even all secularists, behind their proposals. The process of forming the non-Christian citizen proved a complex one, involving shifting alliances, dialogue and compromise.

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Wright, Susannah

Oxford Brookes departments

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences\School of Education


Year of publication: 2018
Date of RADAR deposit: 2018-03-28

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