ERIC Number: ED042987
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Aug
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Forum for Ideas: The Lyceum Movement in Michigan, 1818-1860.
Weaver, Richard L., II
Beginning with the lyceum founded in 1818 by Justice Woodward, the Michigan movement flourished until 1860, eventually including 35 lyceums. Lewis Cass, Henry Schoolcraft, Douglas Houghton, and others brought the movement to Detroit, whose Young Men's Society later provided strong leadership and other support. There were 14 lyceums along the Grand River Road, 11 of them in Grand Rapids. As Grand Rapids grew, its single lyceum gave way to business, scientific, labor, law, and library lyceums. The Ann Arbor lyceum was spontaneous and unorganized, often meeting only once or twice a year. The Marshall lyceum had to rely heavily on local talent. In Kalamazoo, enthusiastic participation and well chosen debate topics helped the lyceum movement develop consistently. Of questions debated in Michigan lyceums, 17% pertained directly or indirectly to slavery. Members maintained a forum for controversial ideas; and lectures (often inexpert) appealed to members' intense educational interest. These lyceums were significant because they existed on a large scale over a long period, contributed to the lives of outstanding civic leaders, dealt with most current issues, aided the formation of libraries and museums, stimulated education and self-improvement, and encouraged an interest in science. (Author/LY)
Descriptors: Bibliographies, Debate, Doctoral Dissertations, History, Lecture Method, Organizations (Groups)
University Microfilms, 300 N. Zeeb Rd., Ann Arbor, Michigan, 48106 (Order No. 70-7517, MF $3.25, Xerography $11.25)
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Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan