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A New Moral VisionGender, Religion, and the Changing Purposes of American Higher Education, 1837-1917$
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Andrea L. Turpin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704789

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704789.001.0001

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A House Divided?

A House Divided?

Harvard and Radcliffe

(p.135) Chapter 6 A House Divided?
A New Moral Vision

Andrea L. Turpin

Cornell University Press

This chapter presents Charles William Eliot's reformation for the nature of collegiate education at Harvard University. He gave students the responsibility to choose their own course of study, believing that the free elective system would facilitate the type of moral character that he believed most important for those who would exercise prominent leadership posts. Eliot sought to make Harvard a national university. He wanted to attract students from beyond New England, but more importantly, he wanted to train Harvard students to have a national outlook. Thus, he exposed Harvard students to people of different beliefs, avoiding indoctrination.

Keywords:   Charles William Eliot, free elective system, moral character, national outlook, denomination, collegiate education, Harvard University, indoctrination

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