Preparation for the journey -- The reality of mission life -- Building a home alone in the forest -- Standing with the Ojibwe against removal and smallpox -- Struggling against sickness -- Harriet's children -- Life without a mission
Part I. Education and social capital formation -- ch. 1. Introduction : the place of schooling in a transforming political economy -- ch. 2. Creating social capital : norms of school and community building -- ch. 3. A matter of trust : neighbors and strangers -- ch. 4. Discipline : Evangelicalism as an educational movement -- ch. 5. Bonding and bridging : the Methodist economy -- ch. 6. Development : Evangelicalism and capital formation -- Part II. Schools as agencies of politicization -- ch. 7. Between markets and the state : venture schools and academies -- ch. 8. Political economies of schooling : academies and common schools -- ch. 9. Education and civic engagement : schools and politics -- ch. 10. Diffusing intelligence : education and the formation of the liberal state -- ch. 11. Education and coalition building -- ch. 12. Denominational politics and institution building -- Part III. Education and economic transformation -- ch. 13. Education as an object of capital investment -- ch. 14. Varieties of trust : education and economic competition -- ch. 15. Controlling capital : education and the politics of economic change -- ch. 16. Success : education and the culture of the market -- ch. 17. Panic : education and the discipline of the market -- ch. 18. Friends : an education in trust -- Conclusion : education and the creation of capital
"This book argues that schools were a driving force in the formation of social, political, and financial capital during the market revolution and capitalist transition of the early republican era. Grounded in an intensive study of schooling in the Genesee Valley region of upstate New York, it traces early sources of funding and support for education ... to their roots in different social and economic networks and trade and credit relations. It then interprets that story in the context of other major developments in early American social, political, and economic history, such as the shift from agricultural to nonagricultural production, the integration of rural economies into translocal capitalist markets, the organization of the Second Great Awakening, the transformation of patriarchy, the expansion of white male suffrage, the emergence of the Secondary American Party System, and the formation of the modern liberal state."--Book flap.