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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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“Almost without Money and without Price to Every Young Man and Every Young Woman”

“Almost without Money and without Price to Every Young Man and Every Young Woman”

The University of Michigan

(p.192) Chapter 9 “Almost without Money and without Price to Every Young Man and Every Young Woman”
A New Moral Vision

Andrea L. Turpin

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines the identity issue of the state universities that went coeducational in the years surrounding the Civil War. These institutions could not favor a particular religious denomination, or even, as populations diversified, a too narrowly defined Pan-Protestantism. Yet they served a public that generally desired the higher education of their children to reinforce—and certainly not to tear down—common moral and even religious values. The need to articulate the fundamentally moral nature of public higher education increased when traditional collegiate religious practices gave way at public institutions even more quickly than at private ones. The University of Michigan would take maximum advantage of this possibility. Its leaders cast a vision of the nature of the ideal democratic society as a place where women and men cooperated for the common good.

Keywords:   Civil War, state universities, coeducational, religious denomination, higher education, University of Michigan

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