George Bremner, Graaff-Reinet and "A State of Feeling", 1848 - 1859.

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dc.contributor.author Ludlow, Helen
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-08T07:32:04Z
dc.date.available 2012-06-08T07:32:04Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Ludlow, H. 2012. George Bremner, Graaff-Reinet and "A State of Feeling", 1848 - 1859. New Contree : A journal of Historical and Human Sciences for Southern Africa. 63:111-138, Jan. [http://dspace.nwu.ac.za/handle/10394/4969] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0379-9867
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/6602
dc.description.abstract This article explores a young Scottish teacher’s attempt to implement the ambitious plans for government education in Graaff-Reinet in the mid 19th century. Designed for the whole population, the New System (or Established System) represents a moment in the racialised history of South Africa when there was an imagination of an inclusive, though very British, education system. The focus of the article is on the identity of an able, well-qualified teacher attempting to fulfil his charge in Graaff- Reinet, a town of growing affluence and regional importance. While Bremner, as government teacher, proves to be a catalyst for local efforts to improve the quality of education, this is largely a sad story of frustration and failure. Entrenched racial attitudes, class aspirations, and the failure of the state adequately to resource the New System combine to undermine his ambitious efforts and challenge his personal worldview. So too does the teacher’s fiery defence, particularly in his public writing, both of his project and the status and reputation which he believed to be his due. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher School for Basic Sciences, Vaal Triangle Campus, North-West University en_US
dc.subject Graaff-Reinet en_US
dc.subject 19th century Cape Colony en_US
dc.subject Government education en_US
dc.subject Teacher identity en_US
dc.subject Race en_US
dc.subject Class en_US
dc.subject Respectability en_US
dc.subject George Bremner en_US
dc.title George Bremner, Graaff-Reinet and "A State of Feeling", 1848 - 1859. en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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