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Neilson of Smith

reviewed by Karl W. Bigelow 1957

coverTitle: Neilson of Smith
Author(s): Margaret Farrand Thorp
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Everyone has heard James A. Garfield's definition of an ideal college: "Mark Hopkins on one end of a log, and a student on the other." Few realize that the tribute was paid during a controversy in which the man who had been president of Williams College for a generation was under bitter attack and the college itself was in dangerous decline. Even fewer have any idea what either Hopkins or Williams was like during the period of his leadership. Professor Rudolph tells us in a book which, although he is now on the Williams staff, betrays little admiration for either subject. Hopkins was made president of his alma mater in 1836 faute de mieux. Thirty-four years of age, he had been professor of moral and intellectual philosophy since 1830, but he was far from being a philosopher in any scholarly sense of that term. Indeed, he was far from being a... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 58 Number 4, 1957, p. 236-236
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4588, Date Accessed: 9/22/2018 3:24:56 AM

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