Robert's order rules were published for the first time in 1876. And today it continues influencing many organizations that use the book, including schools, universities and academic organizations. Princeton University Press has just published the original book along with a trial of Christopher P. Loss, Associate Professor of Education and History at the University of Vanderbilt, under a new title, the rules of Order of Robert and why it matters nowadays Universities

The loss answered questions about the book by email.

Q: How did this book produce? How did you get interested in Robert's rules?

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    A: My first exposure to Robert's rules was in the speech and debate of high school. I have found it many times, many times, since, especially working in higher education, where it is often found, if not always, it is used effectively. I have written about the history of higher education and democratic citizenship and I have done some work on the history of printed culture and learning, but a study by Henry Martyn Robert and its rules did not occur to Peter Dougherty, by Princeton University PRESS He gave me the idea. After doing some excavations, learn about Robert and the family of him, and discover how Robert's rules could connect to our current democracy crisis, including the challenges that US higher education now face, I accepted to take it. I am happy to have done it. The book combines my essay on the history of rules and its place in American life with a copy of the original rules, published in February 1876. Only 4,000 copies of the first edition of Robert's rules were printed. After all these years, it is wonderful to have the original text in printing and being available for readers. It is a fascinating work of real historical importance.

    Q: How did Robert's rules reflect the history of US higher education, particularly in terms of organization?

    A: At that time Robert's rules were published in 1876, American democracy was in trouble. The presidential elections of that year ended a disaster. The reconstruction was final. The class struggle and stratification were increasing. Fierce struggles for the rights of immigrants, women and African-Americans were getting rid of. And many Americans wondered if political, economic and social justice was possible. It was, in other words, a time not different from ours.

    Greater Henry Martyn Robert, the body of army engineers, wrote the book of him to try to save democracy. He was not so interested in formal political institutions, which looked irremediably corrupt, but by helping what he called "ordinary societies", and the ordinary people who participated in them, he learns about democratic deliberation. Today we know these societies such as the associative or voluntary sector, and the desired audience of Robert was the hundreds of thousands of Americans who joined the voluntary sector at the end of the 19th century. Women's clubs, fraternal organizations, ecclesiastical organizations, veteran groups, professional associations and, significantly, universities and universities were only some of the organizations that became Robert's rules. Although there were other guides to choose from, he offered him the best roadmap to democracy in small and D: the rules of the majority, the minority must be heard and respected, cooperation and decency, and interests should prevail. Of all they must overcome those of any individual.

    Q: Note that Robert's rules were embraced by US higher education at a time when the "white masculine privilege" dominated the student and the life of the faculty. Why do Robert's rules do not fade with the white male privilege?

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