Veritas: Harvard College and the American Experience

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-06-01
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network

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Andrew Schlesinger tells the facinating story of Harvard College as an American institution. He examines the important actions and decisions of its leadership from Puritan times to the present.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
1 The College in the Puritan Church-State
The College establishes itself as a pillar of the new society. Harvard graduates are implicated in the Salem Witch Trials. The Mathers try to take over the College.
2 Born Again?
An unexpected eruption of religious fervor shakes the College, and the guilt-ridden scholars start worrying about their souls. Tutor Flynt maintains control. The College repudiates religious extremism.
3 Revolutionary Times
The College breaks off with the British Crown. The minds of rowdy scholars are concentrated by the Battle of Lexington and Concord. John Hancock fools the Corporation for twenty years.
4 Harvard and the New Nation
The College offends Calvinists by selecting a Unitarian as professor of religion. President Kirkland's mild leadership improves Harvard's reputation. Edward Everett is a prize pupil.
5 President Quincy Meets President Jackson
Josiah Quincy gets tough with the rowdy students and grants a controversial honorary degree to President Andrew Jackson, the Wild Man of Tennessee.
6 Harvard and the War Against Slavery
Harvard alumni provide leadership in the anti-slavery cause, but Southern sympathies are strong in the 1850's in the Yard. Yet the war brings out the best in Harvard men.
7 President Eliot's Harvard
Charles W. Eliot transforms the University. The College admits blacks. The Roosevelts attend. Radcliffe College is established. Football takes off.
8 Harvard and the Outside Men
President Abbott Lawrence Lowell disrespects Jews, blacks, women, and homosexuals.
9 Harvard Against the Totalitarians
Presidents James Conant and Franklin Roosevelt battle isolationists and Nazis and build the atomic bomb. JFK goes to Harvard. The cold war breeds McCarthyism.
10 The Last "Great Rebellion" 207(33)
President Nathan Pusey calls for a religious revival, juggles the awe-ful acronyms: JFK, LSD, ROTC, SDS, suffers ignominy.
11 The Transformations of Race and Gender 240(25)
Harvard and Radcliffe consummate relations. Homosexuals come out of the closet. The University embraces the multicultural world while raising enormous amounts of money.
12 The University of the Future 265(8)
President Lawrence Summers bets on the life sciences, battles the federal government over stem-cell research, expects global benefits while being true to Veritas.
Notes 273(20)
A Note on Sources 293(2)
Index 295

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