Engendering Ethical Education
This introductory chapter demonstrates that the decades before the Civil War witnessed drastic changes in the nature of collegiate education itself and the role such education played in American life as colleges and universities began admitting female students. Paralleling this academic evolution was a theological shift: what might be called the “disestablishment” of a conversion-oriented evangelical Protestant doctrine from its favored place within most institutions of higher learning. On that note, Alice Freeman's educational quest illustrates how the widespread entrance of women into US higher education interacted with the debates of this time to shape the moral outlook of educators and collegians in unexpected ways.
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