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"Masters's history reveals for the first time the concrete practices of this uniquely American phenomenon, first-year composition, by examining three very different institutions during a crucial period in American higher education. But he does much more. . . . His conclusions reveal and challenge the deepest assumptions about the course-and our system of education."
--David Russell, Iowa State University
"Masters weaves together interpretations of archival and critical sources to construct a vivid portrait of postwar composition teaching as a discursive practice that is paradoxically both utilitarian and utopian."
--Carol Severino, University of Iowa
"Drawing on a vast array of materials--syllabi, program descriptions, internal publications, and interviews--from three prominent midwestern universities, Masters identifies six terms that constitute core concepts underlying freshman English. By following Masters's analysis . . . we can see the powerfully embedded roots of college composition as we know it today."
--David Jolliffe, DePaul University