Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

contents

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pp. v-vi

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acknowledgments

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pp. vii-xii

...my dissertation advisor, Jan Lewis deserves my highest praise and gratitude for her guidance. From our first lunch together in 1999, she has always been eager to discuss my ideas, question my assumptions, listen to my archival adventures, read multiple drafts of conference papers and chapters, and urge me forward with equal helpings of encouragement...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-14

...more lucrative teaching position at Harvard. For the rest of his life, this student who achieved both fame and wealth through the creative powers of his mind continued to wonder if he had truly found the ideal scholarly environment...

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One Cultivating the College World “The Generous Purpose”

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pp. 15-46

...Lexington, Virginia, on a borrowed horse. Newly elected to the presidency of the “college at Lexington,” the young Presbyterian minister intended to solicit funding for its future success. The cities of the eastern seaboard were to be the prime coordinates...

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Two Organizing the College World “All Various Nature”

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pp. 47-82

...parlor near Bowdoin College and answered a letter from her brother John. Ensconced in her new home in the eastern territory of Maine, Martha was a determined collector of what her sister in Boston jokingly called “all the proceedings of the western...

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Three Building the College World “An Elegant Sufficiency”

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pp. 83-116

...father Moses, an academy teacher and Presbyterian minister, accepted the post of president of Franklin College in Athens, Georgia. In 1819, the whole family left their home in South Carolina and rode west to help expand the college world. John recalled...

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Four Working in the College World “Ease and Alternate Labor”

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pp. 117-155

...full of the reading, writing, debating, and teaching that characterized the work of the growing college world. Her father, Edward Payson, had been a famous revivalist preacher in Portland, Maine. As a trustee of Bowdoin College, he had assisted in its early promotion and trained many of its graduates in divinity. He had also...

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Five Leaving the College World "Gentle Spirits Fly”

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pp. 156-194

...College in 1826, the event was a “perfect novelty.” Newspapers and periodicals reported on it widely. A Portland, Maine, newspaper described the young student’s commencement piece, “The Conditions and Prospects of Hayti,” as “happily selected...

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Epilogue

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pp. 195-202

...called them, began to plague the college world and its inhabitants. They threatened to distract the minds of the colleges’ refined, elevated beings from their ideals. Instead of relying on prudence and planning to plot out their future, many students...

notes

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pp. 203-222

Bibliography

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pp. 223-244

index

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pp. 245-256

Recent Books

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pp. 257-260