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For the Common GoodA New History of Higher Education in America$
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Charles Dorn

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452345

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452345.001.0001

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“The Good Order and the Harmony of the Whole Community”

“The Good Order and the Harmony of the Whole Community”

Public Higher Learning in the South

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For the Common Good

Charles Dorn

Cornell University Press

This chapter looks at South Carolina College, a state-supported, state-controlled college in the capital city of Columbia. The speed with which South Carolina College's chartering legislation sailed through the General Assembly during a politically contentious era urges the question of how legislators found political common ground on this issue when developing consensus in other areas of political life proved so elusive. There were three primary reasons. First, although legislators differed in opinions on the usefulness of a public system of grammar schools for white children throughout South Carolina, most agreed that providing a higher education for the state's future leaders contributed greatly to the prosperity of society—a central manifestation of civic-mindedness during the early national period. Second, many wealthy South Carolinians resented sending their sons away from home for a higher education. Third, the college's founding provided a means through which to attenuate the extreme sectionalism developing within South Carolina.

Keywords:   South Carolina College, political common ground, grammar schools, higher education, future leaders, civic-mindedness, sectionalism

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