Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-9

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

The University of Texas at Austin in the early 1940s was no place for a liberal academic. For several years, the school’s board of regents, fearing communism and President Franklin D. Roosevelt in seemingly equal measure, waged a bitter campaign against academic freedom and left-leaning faculty; they attempted to...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xiii-17

I would foremost like to thank my friend and mentor Linda Ferreira-Buckley for her guidance and support. She is the model of professional deportment for more scholars and teachers than she knows. Davida Charney offered early encouragement for the project, and Kate Adams, Trish Roberts-Miller, John Ruszkiewicz, and Helena Woodard provided expert readings ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-13

In rhetoric and composition studies, historical inquiry has long been driven by a desire not to repeat the pedagogical mistakes of the past. And those mistakes, under the rubric of what is now called current-traditional rhetoric, have been well documented by scholars from Albert R. Kitzhaber in Rhetoric in American Colleges to James A. Berlin in Rhetoric and Reality...

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1. Integrating Traditions at a Private Black College

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pp. 14-62

The University of Texas at Austin in the early 1940s was no place for a liberal academic. For several years, the school’s board of regents, fearing communism and President Franklin D. Roosevelt in seemingly equal measure, waged a bitter campaign against academic freedom and left-leaning faculty; they attempted to abolish tenure and cut...

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2. Balancing Tensions at a Public Women’s University

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pp. 63-112

In his 1907 commencement address at Texas Woman’s University (TWU), Paul Whitfield Horn, Houston school superintendent, scolded the “ambitious woman” who “deliberately sets out to make a brilliant career for herself,” arguing that instead women should be humble “paving stones” on the streets of humanity. The bricks that form...

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3. Challenging Orthodoxies at a Rural Normal College

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pp. 113-151

At first glance, William Leonidas Mayo would not likely be a welcome figure at a contemporary convention of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). His classrooms were anything but decentered, and he would have scoffed at the idea that students had a right to their own language—unless that language was Standard English....

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Conclusion

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pp. 152-158

At the turn of the twentieth century, there were over a thousand institutions of higher learning in America;1 this study details just three of them. These histories are necessarily incomplete. But they are necessary. Indeed, in a country with such a decentralized educational system as the United States, national educational...

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Chronology

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pp. 159-162

...1801 Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi publishes How Gertrude Teaches Her 1823 First normal school in America is established in Concord, Vermont.1869 Harvard President Charles Eliot insists, in Atlantic Monthly ar-ticle, on maintaining split between liberal arts colleges and profes-1871 Texas A&M University is established by legislature; classes begin...

Notes

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pp. 163-172

Bibliography

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pp. 173-190

Index

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pp. 191-199

Author Bio, Back Cover

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pp. 200-218