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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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Trajectories and Trade-offs

(p.265) Conclusion
A New Moral Vision

Andrea L. Turpin

Cornell University Press

This concluding chapter asserts that the United States has changed significantly since the 1830s, when American women first entered collegiate education. Both the antebellum period and the late Progressive Era were hotbeds of reform, but different environments produced different crops. Educational reformers in both periods sought to enlist both sexes in the religious crusade of bringing the kingdom of God to earth, but in different ways. It can be difficult to judge exactly how a college education shaped graduates' later paths. Yet the disproportionate numbers of Oberlin and Mount Holyoke graduates in ministry, missions, and teaching, and later of educated women and men in general who participated in Progressive Era reform movements, certainly suggest a significant correspondence between collegiate moral formation and later commitments.

Keywords:   United States, American women, Progressive Era, collegiate moral formation, educated women, ministry, missions, antebellum period

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