Transylvania: Tutor to the West

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Chartered in 1780, Transylvania University played a significant role as an educational pioneer in the developing trans-Allegheny West and served as its first institution of higher education. Strategically located in the growing city of Lexington, Kentucky, the university established schools of law and medicine at a time when there were few such educational offerings in the country. Noted alumni include emancipationist Cassius M. Clay and Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Two centuries later, Transylvania University maintains its commitment to the highest standards of the liberal arts education. Now passing its 225th anniversary, it remains an educational beacon for Kentucky and the South.

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"Transylvania now possesses a written record that is commensurate with the college's noteworthy contribution to American history." — Journal of American History
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813191676
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 2/12/2007
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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John D. Wright Jr. was chair of the department of history and political science at Transylvania University. For his service he was awarded the Transylvania Medal, the university's highest award for a non-alumnus.

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Table of Contents

1 Learning in the wilderness 1
2 Division and reunion 16
3 James Moore and the new university 33
4 Problems and slow growth of the university 47
5 Horace Holley and the making of a university 65
6 The making of a martyr 99
7 The phoenix rises 118
8 The failure of innovative education 132
9 The crisis in the medical department 145
10 The Methodists take their turn 158
11 The period of decline, 1850-1865 172
12 The great experiment : Kentucky University 190
13 The embattled sectarians, 1865-1877 212
14 Apes, girls, and "Daddy" Loos 234
15 The creative administration of Burris Jenkins 258
16 Student life from the Civil War to World War I 281
17 The struggle for survival and identity 312
18 World War I and the heresy trial 331
19 Transylvania survives the twenties 344
20 Depression and war 364
21 Innovation and expansion 390
22 Expansion and consolidation 407
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