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Originally established March 30, 1910, as Mississippi Normal College, The University of Southern Mississippi was built on 120 acres of cutover timber land and created to provide training for public school teachers. Chester M. Morgan outlines the evolution of the institution and tells the story of a gracious heritage born of adversity and nurtured by a century of perseverance and determination. From the success of its graduates and the passion of its faculty to its ability to meet and conquer challenges brought by...
Originally established March 30, 1910, as Mississippi Normal College, The University of Southern Mississippi was built on 120 acres of cutover timber land and created to provide training for public school teachers. Chester M. Morgan outlines the evolution of the institution and tells the story of a gracious heritage born of adversity and nurtured by a century of perseverance and determination. From the success of its graduates and the passion of its faculty to its ability to meet and conquer challenges brought by scarce state funding, world wars, social movements, and natural disasters, the author captures the persistent spirit and strength that is the unchanging force behind the university's success.
Following the institution's transition from Mississippi Normal College (1912-1924), to State Teachers College (1924-1940), to Mississippi Southern College (1940-1962), to its current designation as The University of Southern Mississippi (1962-present), the story captures every element and facet of campus life. From academics and arts to athletics and administration, the author presents a rich and varied look at how Southern Miss became the modern comprehensive university it is today.
Posted December 10, 2010
With "Treasured Past, Golden Future, The University of Southern Mississippi, 1910-2010", Chester M. Morgan, an already-recognized and accomplished historian and author, has hit a homerun with this massive volume describing his alma mater's first 100 years. This officially authorized "Centennial" history of The University of Southern Mississippi is filled with documented stories of the hardships and accomplishments, political medaling and in-house fighting that accompanied this university's growth from a controversally founded teachers college in 1910 to the comprehensive research and teaching university it is today. In this book, Morgan manages to hit on and even explore virtually every significant event or person, academic and athletic, in this university's history. Telling how the first three presidents were fired, from Joe Cook to Martha Saunders, Morgan pulls no punches in documenting both the attributes and the shortcomings, the accomplishments and the failings of each of its nine presidents over 100 years. Addressing academics and athletics, the book includes hundreds of pictures covering its 100 years and includes an index of over 1400 people and subjects. Ranging from the legislative fight over its founding in 1910 to the issues over racial integration in the 50's and 60's, the book addresses every significant event or controversy in the university's history. Your memory will be stoked when you read the names of friends, acquaintances and and occurrences at USM over the last 100 years. (Unlike this writer, you may even find your own name referencing some serious or prankish historical contribution you made to the university's legacy.) Whether you're an alumnus, former employee, friend, fan or historian, you'll find that the quality of this book more than makes up for its inconvenient bulk which requires most people to rest it on a desk while reading. (The book is 12 inches wide and 9 inches high, hard backed, printed on glossy paper and weighs over four pounds.) In this book, the third history of this university, (The first was by Alma Hickman in 1954 and the second by Morgan in 1987.) Morgan touches on more subjects in detail and displays more documented pictures and other evidence than one would believe possible in covering such a broad history. He has also created a model for histories of institutions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.