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