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In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Amherst College, a group of scholars and alumni explore the school’s substantial past in this volume. Amherst in the World tells the story of how an institution that was founded to train Protestant ministers began educating new generations of industrialists, bankers, and political leaders with the decline in missionary ambitions after the Civil War. The contributors trace how what was a largely white school throughout the interwar years begins diversifying its student demographics after World War II and the War in Vietnam. The histories told here illuminate how Amherst has contended with slavery, wars, religion, coeducation, science, curriculum, town and gown relations, governance, and funding during its two centuries of existence. Through Amherst’s engagement with educational improvement in light of these historical undulations, it continually affirms both the vitality and the utility of a liberal arts education.

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  1. Half Title
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  1. Introduction. Amherst in the World
  2. Martha Saxton
  3. pp. 1-8
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  1. Part I: Student Bodies and Souls
  2. pp. 9-10
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  1. Fulfilling the Founders’ Purpose: The Religious Careers of Early Amherst College Graduates
  2. Gary J. Kornblith
  3. pp. 11-28
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  1. Remembering Edward Jones: First Black Graduate, Missionary Hero, “Genteel Young Man of Excellent Disposition”
  2. David W. Wills
  3. pp. 29-50
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  1. Amherst and the Native World
  2. Frederick E. Hoxie
  3. pp. 51-72
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  1. Niijima Jō, the Dōshisha, and the Christian Liberal Artsin Meiji Japan
  2. Trent Maxey
  3. pp. 73-88
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  1. Exclusivity, Segregation, and Democracy: Amherst College and Its Fraternities
  2. Nicholas L. Syrett
  3. pp. 89-100
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  1. Jewish Experience at Amherst College
  2. Wendy H. Bergoffen
  3. pp. 101-114
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  1. Coeducation: The Unanticipated Revolution
  2. Martha Saxton
  3. pp. 115-128
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  1. Creating a Place for Latinidad at an Elite Liberal Arts College: Amherst College, the 1970s through Today
  2. Rick López
  3. pp. 129-145
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  1. Remembering Dunbar: Amherst College and African American Education in Washington, DC
  2. Matthew Alexander Randolph
  3. pp. 145-162
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  1. Feeding Amherst
  2. Daniel Levinson Wilk
  3. pp. 163-180
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  1. Part II: The College and Beyond
  2. pp. 181-182
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  1. “The farthest West shakes hands with the remotest East”: Amherst College, China, and Collegiate Cosmopolitanismin the Nineteenth Century
  2. K. Ian Shin
  3. pp. 183-200
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  1. “Vesuvius at Home”: Emily Dickinson, Amherst, and Nineteenth-Century Popular Culture
  2. David S. Reynolds
  3. pp. 201-216
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  1. “Fables of Extinction”: Geologist Edward Hitchcock and the Literary Response to Darwin
  2. Jane F. Thrailkill
  3. pp. 217-233
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  1. Eclipses, Ecology, and Emily Dickinson: The Todds of Amherst
  2. Julie Dobrow
  3. pp. 234-248
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  1. The “Meiklejohn Affair” Revisited: Amherst and the World in the Early Twentieth Century
  2. Richard F. Teichgraeber III
  3. pp. 249-268
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  1. The Amherst Man in the Jazz Age
  2. Debby Applegate
  3. pp. 269-288
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  1. Part III: Emergencies
  2. pp. 289-290
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  1. “We are and will be forever Anti-Slavery Men!”: Student Abolitionists and Subversive Politics at Amherst College, 1833–1841
  2. Michael E. Jirik
  3. pp. 291-304
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  1. “Some of the Sweetest Christians”: The Wartime Education of Amherst’s Boys in Blue
  2. Bruce Laurie
  3. pp. 305-324
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  1. “Ain’t Gonna Pay for War No More”: Taxes, Resistance and Antiwar Activism in the Pioneer Valley and Beyond
  2. Molly Michelmore
  3. pp. 325-338
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  1. "A Pervasive and Insistent Disquiet": Amherst College in the 1960s
  2. Christian G. Appy
  3. pp. 339-352
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  1. List of Contributors
  2. pp. 353-356
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. 357
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ISBN
9780943184210
Related ISBN(s)
9780943184203
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OCLC
1227504401
Launched on MUSE
2021-09-03
Language
English
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