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Land-Grant Colleges and Popular Revolt : The Origins of the Morrill Act and the Reform of Higher Education / Nathan M. Sorber.

Author/Creator:
Sorber, Nathan M. author.
Publication:
Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, [2018]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource : 11 b&w halftones
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Education, Higher -- Northeastern States -- History -- 19th century.
Educational change -- Northeastern States -- History -- 19th century.
State universities and colleges -- Northeastern States -- History -- 19thcentury.
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Education & History Of Education. (search)
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
The land-grant ideal at the foundation of many institutions of higher learning promotes the sharing of higher education, science, and technical knowledge with local communities. This democratic and utilitarian mission, Nathan M. Sorber shows, has always been subject to heated debate regarding the motivations and goals of land-grant institutions. In Land-Grant Colleges and Popular Revolt Sorber uncovers the intersection of class interest and economic context, and its influence on the origins, development, and standardization of land-grant colleges.The first land-grant colleges supported by the Morrill Act of 1862 assumed a role in facilitating the rise of a capitalist, industrial economy and a modern, bureaucratized nation-state. The new land-grant colleges contributed ideas, technologies, and technical specialists that supported emerging industries. During the populist revolts chronicled by Sorber, the land-grant colleges became a battleground for resisting many aspects of this transition to modernity. An awakened agricultural population challenged the movement of people and power from the rural periphery to urban centers and worked to reform land-grant colleges to serve the political and economic needs of rural communities. These populists embraced their vocational, open-access land-grant model as a bulwark against the outmigration of rural youth from the countryside, and as a vehicle for preserving the farm, the farmer, and the local community at the center of American democracy.Sorber's history of the movement and society of the time provides an original framework for understanding the origins of the land-grant colleges and the nationwide development of these schools into the twentieth century.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Preface
Introduction: Reconsidering the Origins and Early Years of the Land-Grant Colleges
Chapter 1. Experimentation in Antebellum Higher Education
Chapter 2. Justin Morrill, the Land-Grant Act of 1862, and the Birth of the Yankee Land-Grant Colleges
Chapter 3. The Land-Grant Reformation
Chapter 4. The New Middle Class and the State College Ideal
Chapter 5. Progressivism and the Rise of Extension
6. Coeducation and Land-Grant Women
Conclusion: Land-Grant Memories, Legacies, and Horizons
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 20. Sep 2019)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9781501709739
OCLC:
1035770119
Publisher Number:
10.7591/9781501709739 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.