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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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“Not to Be Ministered unto, but to Minister”

“Not to Be Ministered unto, but to Minister”

Wellesley College

(p.156) Chapter 7 “Not to Be Ministered unto, but to Minister”
A New Moral Vision

Andrea L. Turpin

Cornell University Press

This chapter focuses on the Wellesley College, which embraced a modernist style of Christianity that eschewed emphasis on conversion in favor of emphasis on righteous living. The college adopted a new moral vision that focused more on the social order. In doing so, it gave more attention to women's particular role within that order by admitting more girls from wealthier backgrounds at the expense of affordability for some other women. Ironically, increasing concern to specify exactly how Wellesley graduates could use their status as educated women to help alleviate increasingly distressing economic and social conditions coincided with the higher tuition that ensured graduates themselves would come from wealthier backgrounds.

Keywords:   Wellesley College, Christianity, Wellesley graduates, social conditions, moral vision

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