Pioneer: a History of the Johns Hopkins University, 1874- 1899

Pioneer: a History of the Johns Hopkins University, 1874- 1899

Pioneer: a History of the Johns Hopkins University, 1874- 1899

Pioneer: a History of the Johns Hopkins University, 1874- 1899

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The project for investigating the spirit of the early Johns Hopkins University which grew into this book began in the winter of 1952-1953. At that time, both teachers and students felt that the freedom of American universities was threatened, and the search for an earlier "golden age" and traditions justifying the place of universities in American life seemed almost a duty. The treatment of the founding and first academic year that was accepted as a Ph.D. dissertation at Johns Hopkins in 1954 may, therefore, reveal the mood of the time and place in which it was written almost as much as that which it attempts to describe. Military service and teaching allowed a passage of time and the coming of a more confident academic mood before the rewriting of the original study. Although it would be too much to claim that this work is now objective, at least an earlier and later subjectivity have tended to balance each other. Another advantage of the two separated periods of work is that the volume partakes of the insights of both a graduate student and a faculty member. In addition, an account which ended in 1877 now extends to 1889.

I hope that no interested scholar will assume that the early Johns Hopkins has now been "done," The documentary material is rich, and there is much of significance that is not told here. The role which most of the departments played in the development of their disciplines in America and in the creation of new disciplines is only suggested. In . . .

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