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Creating the American Mind: Intellect and Politics in the Colonial Colleges (American Intellectual Culture)

J. David Hoeveler

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ISBN 10: 0742548392 / ISBN 13: 9780742548398
Published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2007
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Title: Creating the American Mind: Intellect and ...

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

Publication Date: 2007

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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The nine colleges of colonial America confronted the major political currents of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, while serving as the primary intellectual institutions for Puritanism and the transition to Enlightenment thought. The colleges also confronted the most partisan and divisive cultural movement of the eighteenth century-the Great Awakening. This is the first book to present a synthetic treatment of the colonial colleges, tracing their role in the intellectual development of early America through the American Revolution. Distinguished historian J. David Hoeveler focuses on Harvard, William and Mary, Yale, the College of New Jersey (Princeton), King's College (Columbia), the College of Philadelphia (Penn), Queen's College (Rutgers), the College of Rhode Island (Brown), and Dartmouth.

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Creating the American Mind is an engaging 150-year journey across the institutional, intellectual, and political history of higher education in the American colonies. Adeptly situating each colonial college in its social context, J. David Hoeveler depicts unabashed academic politicization, intense religious strife, and conflicting regional interests. By combining biography with textual analysis, he demonstrates how patriotic fervor emerged from particularistic concerns, and how campus ferment spawned political and cultural revolution. Readers will enjoy Hoeveler's graceful writing, admire his breadth of knowledge, and appreciate his judicious conclusions.--Harold Wechsler, University of Rochester

Solidly and clearly researched. Its treatment of the nine colonial colleges is authoritative for the individual institutions and Hoeveler weaves the separate stories together quite nicely into a larger narrative.--Mark Noll, Wheaton College

This is the first synthetic account that we have of the colonial colleges in the eighteenth century. Hoeveler shows that from their inception, institutions of higher learning in America were creatures of politics, and he demonstrates that religious commitments did not preclude significant contributions in British North America.--Bruce Kuklick, University of Pennsylvania

[Hoeveler's] book is highly readable and well researched and will be a useful addition to most academic libraries.--Library Journal

Provides perhaps the most comprehensive study to date of the intellectual, religious politics behind the foundation of the nine British-American colonial colleges. Hoeveler offers a dense and rich study by deftly weaving straightforward institutional history, biographical vignettes, and close, insightful reading of foundational texts into a single narrative.--Itinerario

This impressive book aims to and succeeds in presenting a description of early American intellectual culture with a two-part approach that effectively combines discussion of significant educational trends with fascinating anecdotal tidbits of those days when nine colonial colleges were 'political to the core' and when 'intellect meant politics.' Highly recommended.--Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography

There is much to commend in Hoeveler's work. [It is] the first effort to synthesize the histories of all the colonial colleges. . . . A significant and worthwhile achievement.--American Historical Review

An informative, erudite commentary on the role and significance of nine major colleges in Colonial North America. Hoeveler's marvelous narrative and intellectual depth reflect brilliant handling of the material. Highly recommended.--CHOICE

This book is a must study for those interested in not only the basic history of the founding of the early colleges in colonial America, but in how the ideas cultivated at these colleges gave birth to, and nurtured, that often fractious but always purposeful American 'mind.'--History of Education Quarterly

The best single-volume study of the colleges of colonial and revolutionary America.--Journal of American History

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