Founding Of Harvard College

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Overview

Morison here traces the roots of American universities in Europe, as they have perhaps never been traced before; and with mellow erudition, frequent flashes of wit, and a lively contemporary perspective, he sketches in a realistic picture of the founding of the first American university north of the Rio Grande.
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Editorial Reviews

Historical Journal of Massachusetts
This is a reprint of a 1935 classic history of the early years of Harvard College, which is now available in paperback. The author, Samuel Eliot Morison, was professor of history at Harvard University and winner of two Pulitzer prizes. Aside from the history of Harvard College, this book is important for its focus on the European background, including the roots of American universities in Europe. In addition, the book is fascinating...Although it was written over sixty years ago, this book is still an important source for the early history of American education, and it is a tribute to the historiographical skills of the author.
New York Herald Tribune

From reviews of the original edition:

Morison here traces the roots of American universities in Europe, as they have perhaps never been traced before; and with mellow erudition, frequent flashes of wit, and a lively contemporary perspective, he sketches in a realistic picture of the founding of the first American university north of the Rio Grande...[His] book is worthy of the story he has to tell...Any who want to understand the history of American education, or such simple but fascinating matters as the origins of our words 'bachelor,' 'yard,' and 'campus,' 'freshman,' 'sophomore,' 'junior,' and 'senior,' of the doctoral degree and its transfer, from the Continent via America, to England, will have to consult it and be abundantly rewarded.
— Lewis Gannett

American Historical Review
A history which for combination of accurate scholarship, importance of subject matter, interpretation of relationship to general cultural development, and literary distinction, cannot be excelled by that of any other university, European or American...The academic world of America is under a debt of real gratitude to Morison.
New York Herald Tribune - Lewis Gannett

From reviews of the original edition:

Morison here traces the roots of American universities in Europe, as they have perhaps never been traced before; and with mellow erudition, frequent flashes of wit, and a lively contemporary perspective, he sketches in a realistic picture of the founding of the first American university north of the Rio Grande...[His] book is worthy of the story he has to tell...Any who want to understand the history of American education, or such simple but fascinating matters as the origins of our words 'bachelor,' 'yard,' and 'campus,' 'freshman,' 'sophomore,' 'junior,' and 'senior,' of the doctoral degree and its transfer, from the Continent via America, to England, will have to consult it and be abundantly rewarded.

New York Herald Tribune
From reviews of the original edition:

Morison here traces the roots of American universities in Europe, as they have perhaps never been traced before; and with mellow erudition, frequent flashes of wit, and a lively contemporary perspective, he sketches in a realistic picture of the founding of the first American university north of the Rio Grande...[His] book is worthy of the story he has to tell...Any who want to understand the history of American education, or such simple but fascinating matters as the origins of our words 'bachelor,' 'yard,' and 'campus,' 'freshman,' 'sophomore,' 'junior,' and 'senior,' of the doctoral degree and its transfer, from the Continent via America, to England, will have to consult it and be abundantly rewarded.
— Lewis Gannett

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674314511
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 8/11/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 596
  • Sales rank: 949,157
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Samuel Eliot Morison was Professor of History at Harvard University. His books won two Pulitzer Prizes.
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Maps
List of Arms and Seals
Abbreviations in Footnotes
I The Origin of Universities 3
II The Medieval University at Work and Play 18
III Cambridge, the Renaissance, and the Puritans 40
IV Cambridge: The Arts Course, 1600-1640 60
V The Founders and Their Colleges: Trinity 79
VI Emmanuel College and John Harvard, 1584-1635 92
VII Other Founders and Their Colleges 108
VIII The Universities of Oxford and of Dublin 117
IX The Scottish Universities, 1574-1640 126
X The Universities of the Netherlands, 1575-1640 140
XI The Founding of New England 148
XII The Founding of Harvard College 161
XIII Dux Femina Facti 171
XIV 'The Colledg is Ordered to Bee at Newetowne' 181
XV The College Opened, 1637-1638 193
XVI John Harvard 210
XVII A School of Tyrannus, 1638-1639 228
XVIII Dunster Takes Hold 241
XIX 'A Prity Library Begune' 263
XX The 'Old College' 271
XXI The Quest for Revenue, 1640-1650 292
XXII Government by President and Overseers 325
App. A. The Student Universities of Bologna, Spain, and Spanish America 353
App. B. English University Men who Emigrated to New England before 1646 359
App. C. Was Harvard the Earliest Colonial College North of Mexico? 411
App. D. 'New Englands First Fruits' 419
App. E. Dunster's Memorandum of December, 1653 448
Index 453
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