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ERIC Number: ED107558
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 18
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Reflections of American Prejudice at Antebellum West Point (1802-1861).
Morrison, James L., Jr.
By focusing on the corps of cadets of the United States Military Academy, this study dissects the major strands of white middle class prejudice in the years between 1802 when the institution was founded, and the outbreak of the Civil War. Due to the makeup of cadet population, the prejudices found among the members of that corps can serve as valid indicators of contemporary bourgeois attitudes in the United States. At the beginning of the period Jews, Indians, and Latin Americans enjoyed greater acceptance than they did from the mid-1820's onward. While tolerance for alien cultures was decreasing, sectional virulence grew, evolving from harmless teasing in the early 19th century to open violence by the late 1850's. Still, even with the increase in regional hostility, intersectional friendships continued to exist. West Point attitudes toward religion throughout the antebellum era showed continued preference for the Protestant denominations, especially Episcopalian, while Catholicism gained somewhat grudging acceptance by the predominantly Protestant society. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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