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ERIC Number: EJ1265417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2680
"No Operation in an Academic Ivory Tower": World War II and the Politics of Social Knowledge
Loss, Christopher P.
History of Education Quarterly, v60 n2 p214-227 May 2020
America's sprawling system of colleges and universities has been built on the ruins of war. After the American Revolution the cash-strapped central government sold land grants to raise revenue and build colleges and schools in newly conquered lands. During the Civil War, the federal government built on this earlier precedent when it passed the 1862 Morrill Land-Grant College Act, which created the nation's system of publicly supported land-grant colleges. And during Reconstruction, the Freedmen's Bureau, operating under the auspices of the War Department, aided former slaves in creating thousands of schools to help protect their hard-fought freedoms. Not only do "wars make states," as sociologist Charles Tilly claimed, but wars have also shaped the politics of knowledge in the modern university in powerful and lasting ways.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Morrill Act 1862