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The many Presbyterians in the region were alarmed at the severe losses in their ranks to revivalist preachers who swept through the area as part of the late eighteenth-century Second Great Awakening. The Secessionist ministers and town leaders felt that the solution to these dangerous trends was to train a native ministry and to educate professionals who would lead the way toward modemization, much as in Lowland Scotland, but would protect the community from the severe soda1 and economic dislocations of the Industrial Revolution.
They were aided in this strategy by the large number of Highland immigrants to the province at this time (most of whom were evangelical Church of Scotland adherents)and by the transition of the economy from a resource to an industrialbase (the 1829 opening activities of the General Mining Association at New Glasgow launched thisinitiative). From its early days as a major port the town of Pictou had spread its liberal, modernizing influence over the more remote hinterland not only through its religious and commercial activities but now through its school policies.
554, Item 52, PANS. , Societies, GCS, Reel 1,Vol. 1, Item 27, PANS. Rev. John Martin to Robert Burns, Halifax, April 24,1827,1,2 Reel 1, Vol. 1, Item 88,PANS. Dugald McKichan to Robert Burns, Merigomish, November 4,1829, Reel 1, Vol. 2, Item 95, PANS. George Young to Father, Pictou, December 2,1821, MG2, Vol. 719, F1/10, George Young Papers, PANS. The Bachelor of Arts degree program of Glasgow University in 1826 was very similar to that of Pictou Academy at the same time: . Glastzow U n i v w Pictou -A Year 1: Latin and Greek Latin I & Greek I Latin 11, Greek 11, Year 2: Logic (including General Grammar & Rhetoric), Math I Latin, Greek Year 3: Moral Philosophy, Math Math 11, Logic (with practical applications), (including Rhetoric) Algebra Natural Philosophy, Year 4: Natural Philosophy, Math, Algebra Moral Philosophy Young to Father, December 2, 1821.