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Completely produced by students in the Purdue University Honors College, this book contains ten essays by undergraduate students of today about their forebears in the class of 1904. Two Purdue faculty members have provided a contextualizing introduction and reflective epilogue. Not only are the biographical essays written by students, but the editing, typesetting, and design of this book were also the work of Purdue freshmen and sophomores, participants in an honors course in publishing who were supervised by the staff of Purdue University Press. Through their individual studies, the authors of the biographies inside this book were led in interesting and very different directions. From a double-name conundrum to intimate connections with their subjects’ kin, their archival research was rife with unexpected twists and turns. Although many differences between modern-day university culture and the campus of 1904 emerge, the similarities were far more profound. Surprising diversity existed even at the dawn of the twentieth century. Students intimately tracked the lives of African Americans, women, farm kids, immigrants, international students, and inner-city teens, all with one thing in common—a Purdue education. This study of Purdue University’s 1904 campus culture and student body gives an insightful look into what the early twentieth-century atmosphere was really like—and it might not be exactly what you’d think.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-36
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  1. A Tale of Two Satterfields: The Power of a Purdue Education
  2. Eden Holmes
  3. pp. 37-54
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  1. "The Only Colored Drug Store": Richard Wirt Smith's Success Story, 1904–1911
  2. Maggie Mace
  3. pp. 55-72
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  1. Emil Farkas and William Raymond Davis: Windy City Boys
  2. Emily Durkin
  3. pp. 73-88
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  1. Joseph Burke Knapp: "A Barnacle on the Ship of Progress"
  2. Alexandria Nickolas
  3. pp. 89-104
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  1. Fitting In but Sticking Out: The Life of an Immigrant Student at Purdue in 1904
  2. Lindy Schubring
  3. pp. 105-120
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  1. Far from Home and Far from Normal: The Experience of an International Student on an American College Campus at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
  2. Vivian Gu
  3. pp. 121-134
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  1. Lyla Vivian Marshall Harcoff: The Pursuits of a Small-Town Dreamer
  2. Carolyn Griffith
  3. pp. 135-154
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  1. "The Eternal Feminine": An Examination of the Life and Times of the Twentieth-Century New University Woman through Cecil Clare Crane
  2. Cedar Marie Woodworth
  3. pp. 155-180
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  1. The Lost Bandsman and His Band
  2. Paige Zimmerman
  3. pp. 181-194
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  1. Just Harry
  2. Lily Anderson
  3. pp. 195-212
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  1. Epilogue: Purdue's Past through Purdue's Present
  2. Susan Curtis
  3. pp. 213-222
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  1. Biographical Cameos
  2. pp. 223-234
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