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Contents

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Foreword

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pp. ix-x

The history of Berry College has long been considered the story of its founder, Martha Berry. For many of us, it is hard to separate Martha Berry and her remarkable career from the story of the institution that bears her name. I have told alumni audiences that Martha Berry floats through my office and often looks overmy shoulder as I carry out the business of...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

The authors thank many individuals for their assistance with the development of this book. Scott Colley, president of Berry College, encouraged us from the beginning of the project and prepared the foreword. Evelyn Pendley, Berry associate professor of English emerita, and John Lipscomb, Berry vice...

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Introduction

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pp. xiii-xvi

Although not yet allowed to vote in the United States, women received new opportunities for public life as a consequence of the Progressive spirit that began sweeping the nation in the 1890s. Pioneers such as Jane Addams and Florence Kelley initiated a settlement-house movement to alleviate...

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ONE. Origin of a Vision

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pp. 1-13

The Georgia Constitution of 1777, written just a year after the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, called for the building of schools in each county to be supported by the state, and six years later the state legislature authorized the first of these schools, which came to be known...

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TWO. Sharpening the Focus

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pp. 14-33

In 1953, W.W. Phillips, one of those three boys, recalled a slightly different version of the story. He and two brothers, Tom and Albert Carter, were returning from their regular Sunday afternoon swim in the Oostanaula River when Martha and her two youngest sisters, Frances and Laura...

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THREE. Growing Pains

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pp. 34-61

According to a school catalog, "From the time [Martha Berry] began the little Sunday school in the old pine-pole cabin she had it in her heart to have a school for girls, for she realized how narrow and shut-in their lives are, and how much harder it is for the country girl to get an...

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FOUR. Expanding the Charter

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pp. 62-83

In the fall of 1923, Berry planned to begin offering college courses and thereby to enable its graduates to enter other colleges and universities as sophomores or juniors. Berry high-school graduates had performed well at many of the South's leading colleges and universities, but other students...

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FIVE. Challenges and Changes

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pp. 84-110

While a committee appointed by the chairman of the board of trustees searched for a replacement for Martha Berry, Acting Director Gordon Keown quietly and efficiently oversaw all the schools' operations. His first responsibilities were to continue contacts with the friends and...

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SIX. Foundation for the Future

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pp. 111-132

William McChesney Martin Jr., chairman of Berry's board of trustees and the schools' acting president, had met John R. Bertrand through Charles N. Shepardson, a member of the Federal Reserve Board. Shepardson had been dean of agriculture at Texas A&M University, and Bertrand...

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SEVEN. Triumphs and Tribulations

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pp. 133-154

Prior to the twentieth century, private and church-related institutions of higher learning were among the major initiators of change, with public institutions in time following suit. Such was the case with desegregation. Oberlin Collegiate Institute, begun in 1834 by missionaries, established...

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EIGHT. Polishing the Image

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pp. 155-175

In February 1979, the Berry Schools' board of trustees selected Dr. Gloria Shatto, the George R. Brown Professor of Economics at Trinity University, in San Antonio, Texas, since 1977 and a Berry trustee since 1975, as president-designate of Berry College and Berry Academy.1 Prior to her...

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NINE. Into the Second Century

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pp. 176-189

On February 21, 1998, Berry's board of trustees unanimously selected Dr. John Scott Colley, provost and dean of the faculty at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, as Berry's seventh president. H. G. Pattillo, chair of the board, said that Colley's "exemplary experience as a faculty...

APPENDIX A. Important Dates in the Life of Martha Berry and the Development of Her Schools

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pp. 191-193

APPENDIX B. Berry Trustees

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pp. 195-196

APPENDIX C. Chief Administrative Officers and Chief Academic Officers

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p. 197

APPENDIX D. Berry Alumni Association Presidents

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p. 199

APPENDIX E. Alumni Awards

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pp. 201-202

Notes

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pp. 203-223

Bibliography

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pp. 225-231

Index

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pp. 233-238