America of Yesterday: As Reflected in the Journal of John Davis Long

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IV
SENIOR YEAR

IN the autumn of 1856 Harvard College assumed a much more cheerful aspect from the point of view of John Long. In the first place he was at last actually rooming in a college dormitory. Furthermore, in spite of the social handicap which his previous lodging-place had imposed, Long had been discovered and sought by a certain group of undergraduates. These were the members of a secret society called the D.K.E. Nowadays election to the D.K.E. at Harvard means for the most part social recognition and encouragement to aspire to smaller and more homogeneous clubs. In the fifties, curiously enough, its significance was quite the reverse. The D.K.E. of that time seems to have been a literary debating society, pure and simple, and Long was elected a member of it because of his superiority in public speaking. Crude though his fortnightly declamations at Hebron Academy must have been, they had at least served to make him at home upon the platform. Consequently, toward the end of his sophomore year at Harvard, he was able to confide the following report to his journal.

This day, let it be memorable among all other college days, for it has witnessed my début as an

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Introduction vii
  • Contents xi
  • Illustrations xiii
  • I - Buckfield 1
  • II - School Days 25
  • III - Harvard College 48
  • IV - Senior Year 75
  • V - The Schoolmaster 94
  • VI - Law and Politics 119
  • VII - Washington in 1898 146
  • VIII - The Testing of the New Navy 167
  • IX - Santiago 191
  • X - Hingham 216
  • Index 243
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