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The Liberal Arts College: A Chapter in American Cultural History


reviewed by Frederick H. Jackson - 1958

coverTitle: The Liberal Arts College: A Chapter in American Cultural History
Author(s): George P. Schimdt, Frederick H. Jackson
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Perhaps the most distinctively American feature of higher education in the United States is the liberal arts college. From the founding of Harvard in 1636 until about 1870 it was almost the only kind of institution for advanced study in the country. And in the period from 1870 until the present, during which the liberal arts college was obliged to compete with new and rival professional and technical schools, it has remained the basic undergraduate type of institution. During this latest period in which the primacy of the liberal arts college was challenged, its fundamental nature has changed so markedly that a graduate of the class of 1858 would scarcely recognize his alma mater, were he to look in on it a century later. In the book under review George P. Schmidt, professor of history at Douglass College, has told the story of the emergence of the college in colonial times... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 59 Number 7, 1958, p. 249-249
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 4489, Date Accessed: 8/12/2020 2:58:27 PM

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