History of the University of Alabama: Volume One, 1818-1902

History of the University of Alabama: Volume One, 1818-1902

by James Benson Sellers


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The University of Alabama, established in 1831, has survived poverty, riots, political interference, wartime destruction, attacks by clergy and laymen, and internal feuds to develop from a boarding school for planters’ sons to a modern and thriving state university. Using official records and state newspapers as well as letters and diaries of presidents, students, teachers, and alumni, this comprehensive volume that covers 1818 to 1902 reveals the hardships and achievements of the men and women who made the university during its early years.

The History of the University of Alabama, first published in 1953, details the educational progress in spite of meager funds, primitive buildings and equipment, unruly students, and interruption by the Civil War. Interwoven with the accounts of campus life, extracurricular activities, early intercollegiate athletics, and building programs is the history of a long-sustained effort by many devoted presidents, faculty, and citizens to raise educational standards and to improve the instruction provided for the youth of the state.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780817357696
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Publication date: 03/31/2014
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 662
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.00(d)

About the Author

James B. Sellers received his B.A. and M.S. from the University of Alabama, M.A. from the University of Chicago, and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. After holding several teaching positions in the Alabama public school system he joined the University of Alabama faculty in 1943. He is the author of The Prohibition Movement in Alabama, The Sixteenth Section of Mobile County Lands, and Slavery in Alabama.

Table of Contents

Part I. The Old University
Introduction: A New University is Born 3
I. The Foundations 7
II. Building the University 28
III. The First Faculty 1831-1837 43
IV. The Faculty 1837-1860 67
V. The Library 98
VI. The Students 115
VII. Curriculum and Classroom 145
VIII. Student Organizations 175
IX. Problems of Discipline: Faculty Versus Students 197
X. Problems of Discipline: Rebellious Youth 226
XI. The Military Years 1860-1865 258
XII. The Destruction of the University 281
Part II. Rebuilding the University
XIII. Reopening the University 1865-1871 291
XIV. The Presidents 1871-1901 314
XV. Business Management and Campus Development 1871-1901 343
XVI. The Schools and Their Teachers 372
XVII. The Library 404
XVIII. Scholastic Standards 416
XIX. Faculty Problems 435
XX. Student Life 454
XXI. Military Discipline 486
XXII. Extra-Curricular Activities 514
XXIII. Commencements and Honors 536
XXIV. Secular and Sectarian Opposition 552
Bibliography 573
Enrollment of Students and Graduates 1831-1902 581
Notes 583
Index 631


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