By Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
"Based on refined, imaginitive readings of autobiographies, memoirs, fiction and secondary resources, [Campus Life] tells the tale of the altering mentalities of yankee undergraduates over centuries."—Michael Moffatt, New York instances publication evaluate
From Publishers Weekly
When highschool rebels embark upon collage, they could pursue well-defined avenues of political or inventive expression, due to another lifestyle on hand to American university beginners due to the fact that 1910, the writer notes. a similar is correct for college students who're extra within the mainstreamthey can fall in line with a campus culture that downplays educational paintings whereas glorifying social grace and athletic prowess. as well as collegiate forms and rebels, Horowitz, professor of historical past on the Univ. of Southern California, identifies a 3rd tradition, that of the "outsiders." For those intensely severe scholars, university is essentially a method to upward push on the planet. This accomplished social historical past redefines the terrain of campus existence, earlier and current. by means of grounding her schema in vibrant background and anecdote, the writer is ready to take on head-on a fraternity-bred culture, nonetheless conventional, which devalues educational and highbrow success. A path-breaking learn.
From Library Journal
"To positioned it directly," writes Horowitz, "college males and the college stay at warfare. scholars who assumed the tradition of faculty existence refrained from any touch with the enemy past that required. figuring out they'd lose in open clash, such scholars became to deception, utilizing any capability to avoid principles. . . . " the placement she describes is at Yale within the early 1800s, now not Columbia within the Sixties. Horowitz ( Alma Mater , LJ 8/84) has drawn on a wealth of fabric to provide a balanced but candid appraisal of the way each one iteration of yankee scholars has handed on its "culture," and the way that tradition has contributed to shaping the fashionable university. She additionally offers an exceptional context for assessing the strategies of assorted nationwide commissions aimed toward altering the yankee university of the Nineteen Eighties and past. hugely prompt. Richard H. Quay, Miami Univ . Libs., Oxford, Ohio
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In the 1930S political rebels moved into the ascendancy. At the University of Minnesota, Eric Sevareid and his friends took control of college publications and student government. They sympathized with truckers on strike; and they successfully fought to abolish compulsory ROTC. They also discovered the world of ideas in the classroom. The confidence in their own cause that stimulated college rebels in the 1930S disappeared as the United States entered World War II. In its wake nonconforming undergraduates searched for inner transcendence, a quest that often took them off campus.
Moreover, his presumption that he speaks for all men in college is itself critical to his cast of mind. In drawing on his report I will retain his language, with the warning that in this context students and undergraduates really mean only those who assumed the mantle of college men. Bagg reported that undergraduates retained a collective memory of the outrages of the revolts. "23 In such an atmosphere students cheated with impunity. " Flunking out posed the greatest danger to students. Their professors sought to rid the college of weaker College Men: The War between Students and Faculty scholars, an intolerable attack on the student community.
Harvard's Porcellian began about 1791 as friends gathered to dine on roast pig. 3 Although student culture has existed as long as the university, that particular American form we call college life-still with us today-was forged in the faculty-student warfare of the post-revolutionary years. The revolts were extensive. Students rioted at the long-established colonial colleges and at the newer denominational ones. Some disturbances lasted only a few hours. Others placed the colleges in a state of siege for weeks.