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Barbara Brenzel

Barbara Brenzel is professor of education at Wellesley College. She is the author of Daughters of the State: A Social Portrait of the First Reform School for Girls in North America, 1856–1905 and is writing a book on destitute children and the institutions that cared for them in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Rosa Mordecai

In the 1850s, Rosa Mordecai attended the famed Sunday school that her great-aunt Rebecca Gratz had created, which was the first to offer American Jewish children an education on Jewish history and religion in English. As an adult, Mordecai and two of her sisters created a private school for girls in Philadelphia, which they ran for forty years.

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