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ERIC Number: ED550007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 287
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2671-8290-6
Children of the Western World: The Illusion of Religious Control and the Making of Higher Education in Kentucky, 1780-1818
Cousins, James Paul
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Kentucky
The story of Kentucky's earliest foray into higher education, Transylvania Seminary, finds denominational influence writ large--Presbyterianism presents a guiding presence in the dynamics of early growth. The forces of liberal secularism are said to be ranged against those of conservative sectarianism; the victory of the former is a movement toward educational progress. The following refocuses and rebuilds the early history of Transylvania University without the benefit of denominational auspices. By finding intellectual presence in early Kentucky, this study complicates the historiographic tradition, asserting that increase, not decline, characterized early forms of higher education and educational growth in Kentucky's late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries. In reinvestigating claims of educational partisanship, this work establishes a new mode of conceiving the rhetoric of localism and state-building on the antebellum American frontier. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Kentucky