Halls of Honor
College Men in the Old South
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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It is a pleasure to acknowledge the many people who helped bring this project to completion. The bulk of my initial archival research occurred through the generosity of two consecutive Summer Research Grants from Longwood University, Virginia. ...
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A few years ago, as I sat in the reading room of the Southern Historical Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I became hopelessly diverted from my original task by a fascinating collection of letters. What had caught my attention was a series of correspondence from the late antebellum period between Andrew McCollam Jr. ...
CHAPTER 1 IT’S ALL ACADEMIC: Faculty, Curriculum, Cheating, and Commencement
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An assessment of college students: “They attend classes but make no effort to learn anything”; “They frequently learn what they would better ignore”; “On obscure points they depend upon their own judgment . . . so they become masters of error.” Historians have generally agreed with these characterizations when describing college life in the Old South. ...
CHAPTER 2 ON CAMPUS: Antebellum Southern College Students and Their Environment
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In July 1845, fifteen-year-old John Jacob Scherer, accompanied by his father, left home for the Virginia Collegiate Institute. Before his departure, Jacob’s mother gave him “several dollars in little pieces of silver money.” After sixty miles of the trip, Jacob’s father turned back, severing the last tie to the safety of home and childhood. ...
CHAPTER 3 SOWING OATS AND GROWING UP: Amusements, Entertainment, and Relationships
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Even though antebellum southern college students spent a considerable amount of time dealing with their studies, college life offered so much more outside of the classroom. These young men, away from home for the first time, found creative ways to occupy their attentions, to explore their newfound freedom, and to build relationships that would last a lifetime. ...
CHAPTER 4 HONOR AND VIOLENCE: Rules, Pranks, Riots, Guns, and Duels
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In 1851, one of the youthful students at South Carolina College stole the institution’s bell from the college cupola. The perpetration of this prank would bring the students and faculty into a potentially perilous standoff in the world of honor. The bell’s primary function at the college was to summon students to prayers and recitations. ...
CHAPTER 5 COLLEGE LIFE AND THE CIVIL WAR: The End of an Era
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The American Civil War substantively changed college life in the Old South more than any other single event in American history. Collegiate existence, as the sons and daughters of the southern elite had come to know it, came to an end. The war brought confusion, division, and, ultimately, resolve to college students, but in the process...
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Page Count: 168
Publication Year: 2004