public education in Camden, N.J.


Public Education in Camden, NJ: From Inception to Integration


Chapter One       Humble Beginnings

Chapter Two       The Board of Education

Chapter Three   The Post-Civil War Era

Chapter Four      The Gilded Age

Chapter Five       The Commission of Public Instruction

Chapter Six          Return of the Board of Education

Chapter Seven   The Age of Efficiency

Chapter Eight     The  Roaring Twenties

Chapter Nine      The Depression Years

Chapter Ten         World War II and Its Aftermath



Name Index

Subject Index          

Spanning more than a hundred years, Public Education in Camden, N.J.: From Inception to Integration tells the history of one of the oldest and largest school districts in New Jersey.

Using vignettes and historical narratives, author Fred Reiss, retired superintendent of the Camden Board of Education, tells how the Camden Public Schools survived and thrived through events both mundane and spectacular.

Public Education in Camden, N.J.: From Inception to Integration describes and interprets the actions of a board of education through  more than a century of American history:

  • The Civil War era
  • Hostility between the Republican-controlled city and the Democratic-controlled state
  • Peculation and jobbery by board members
  • Immigration and school construction
  • Struggles to control the curriculum
  • The World Wars
  • The Great Depression
  • Racism and segregation

Praise for Public Education in Camden, NJ

"Thanks to Fred Reiss, Ed.D., for writing the defining book on public education in Camden prior to 1948." - DVRBS,

"This book has become a must-have. I refer to it often and everyone knows I have it and they borrow the book. The last person to borrow never returned it. Ultimately, I purchased another....This book is highly recommended for anyone interested in the beginnings of public education." Customer Review