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Northern CharacterCollege-Educated New Englanders, Honor, Nationalism, and Leadership in the Civil War Era$
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Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271818

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271818.001.0001

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“A Stage with Curtains Drawn”

“A Stage with Curtains Drawn”

New England College Students and Their World

(p.19) 1 “A Stage with Curtains Drawn”
Northern Character

Kanisorn Wongsrichanalai

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the social world of nineteenth-century New England colleges and universities. Only a small percentage of Americans could afford a college education but those that did entered into the professional class and could begin their careers in business, medicine, and the law. Colleges, instead of training students for a particular profession, certified the character and broad knowledge of their undergraduates. The classical education that these men received came with a “moral philosophy” course at the end of their senior years, which taught them the importance of using their knowledge for the good of society.

Keywords:   colleges and universities, education, moral philosophy

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