Title

Educating Boys, Graduating Men: Student masculinity at Centre College, 1865-1885

Date of Award

5-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

History

Major Professor

Stephen V. Ash

Committee Members

Lorri Glover, Janis Appier

Abstract

During the nineteenth century higher education was an important part of the development of upper- and middle-class young men. College did not train young men for a career; rather it educated them in classical subjects and religion. Knowledge of Greek and Latin was considered a distinction of class, while religious training prepared young men for their anticipated role as the spiritual leader of their family. I focused my study of higher education and masculinity on Centre College, founded 1819. Using both school documents and personal papers of Centre students, I have developed a composite of Centre students, their parents, the administration and their attitudes towards manhood.

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