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Three Centuries of Harvard, 1636-1936


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The Puritan Age 1636-1707 1. 'First Flowers of Their Wilderness' 2. School of The Prophets 3. Decline and Revival Aaron's Rod 1708-1806 4. The Great Leverett 5. Wadsworth to Langdon 6. 'Good Old Colony Times' 7. 'Through Change and Through Storm' 8. Federalists and Unitarians The Augustan Age 1806-1845 9. President Kirkland 10. Expansion and Reform 11. President Quincy The Age of Transition 12. Minor Prophets 13. War and Peace the Olympian Age 14. President Eliot 15. The Harvest Season 16. College Life From War to War 17. The Lowell Administration 'The Age That Is Waiting Before' 18. 'To Advance Learning' Appendix. Statistics of Growth, 1869-1936 Index

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Samuel Eliot Morison was Professor of History at Harvard University. His books won two Pulitzer Prizes.


A salty narrative of the vicissitudes of an institution whose record mirrors America... A social history in the best sense, as earthy and humorous as a Dickens novel, but in the spirit better to be compared, perhaps, with biography of the Strachey school. In fact, Professor Morison has brought Harvard so much alive in his pages that biography seems a better term for his book than history. * New York Herald Tribune *
[Morison's] volume is rich in details as to the customs and manners of three centuries. Precise and luminous strokes tell the story of commencement and Class Day, with punches and without; of institute and Hasty Pudding; of Porcellian and A.D. and Pi Eta and D.U.; of Navy Club and Med. Fac.; of boating and baseball and football. Always the dominant influence has been of Bostonian wealth and family; but, even in the most puritanical times it has been high spirited. * New York Times *
No fragmentary quotations can indicate the unassuming, powerful scholarship, the tremendous thoroughness that has gone into the writing of Three Centuries of Harvard... Simplicity and sincerity blow away even the suspicion of proud didacticism, leaving unveiled a literary monument worthy of the oldest university in the United States. * Christian Science Monitor *
No one who had not completely mastered the towering piles of records which universities accumulate could possibly have written so authoritative a personal account... As for the educational questions treated, it must be said to Harvard's credit that there is hardly a controversial sore point in the whole range of higher education which has not been fought over in Cambridge during the last three hundred years. * New England Quarterly *

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