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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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“I Delight in the Truth”

“I Delight in the Truth”

Bryn Mawr College

(p.174) Chapter 8 “I Delight in the Truth”
A New Moral Vision

Andrea L. Turpin

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses Charles William Eliot and Oberlin M. Carey Thomas remark on the “experimental” nature of women's higher education. Charles William Eliot said that such a nature had been in existence at Wellesley College for a quarter of a century, and longer at Vassar, coeducational state universities. Oberlin M. Carey Thomas rebutted Eliot in a chapel talk immediately on her return to Bryn Mawr and then again at the next annual convention of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools. This was the start of Thomas's mission to prove women's complete equality with men, which would eventually lead her to articulate the moral aspects of women's higher education in a different manner than the faculty and administration at Wellesley.

Keywords:   Bryn Mawr, Oberlin. M. Carey, Charles William Eliot, Wellesley College, colleges, preparatory schools

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