Citizenship Education at the University



Citizenship Education at the University


This article, "CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION AT THE UNIVERSITY," appeared in the University of Virginia News Letter, Vol. III, No. 4 on October 23,1920. It describes the new department of Citizenship Education under the Bureau of Extension of the University of Virginia, the first of its kind in the United States. This article also discusses the two-day Schools sponsored in Roanoke and Leesburg, and a related program in Richmond.

The department of Citizenship Education was the first of its kind in the United States, and was active in educating newly enfranchised women on the processes and responsibilities of Citizenship.

"Every school of learning,...if it is functioning properly, has for its fundamental aim, training for Citizenship...[Herbert]Spencer defined education as a preparation for complete living or a preparation for Citizenship, and defined a good citizen as one who know how to live."


Snavely, T. R. and Smithey, W. R., editors


M 9 Box 98, Adèle Goodman Clark papers, 1849-1978, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries


University of Virginia


1920 October 23


Special Collections and Archives, James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries


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Learn more:
"Virginia Women May Control Election," The Woman Citizen, October 30, 1920


Snavely, T. R. and Smithey, W. R., editors, “Citizenship Education at the University,” Social Welfare History Image Portal, accessed April 16, 2021,