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A New Moral Vision: Gender, Religion, and the Changing Purposes of American Higher Education, 1837-1917

Andrea L. Turpin


This book explores how the entrance of women into US colleges and universities shaped changing ideas about the moral and religious purposes of higher education in unexpected ways, and in turn shaped American culture. In the decades before the Civil War, evangelical Protestantism provided the main impetus for opening the highest levels of American education to women. Between the Civil War and World War I, however, shifting theological beliefs, a growing cultural pluralism, and a new emphasis on university research led educators to re-evaluate how colleges should inculcate an ethical outlook in ... More

Keywords: American culture, US higher education, female collegians, coeducation, women, Progressive Era, gender ideals, religious belief, social change, educational theories

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501704789
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501704789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea L. Turpin, author
Baylor University