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Download Chapter Eleven - Mayhew, Bellows, Estabrook (243 KB)

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Download Chapter Thirteen - John Mahelm Berry Sill (250 KB)

Download Chapter Fourteen - Richard Gause Boone (437 KB)

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Download Chapter Sixteen - Lewis Henry Jones (335 KB)

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Download Chapter Twenty - Authority and The Faculty (373 KB)

Download Chapter Twenty-One - Liberal Arts at the Normal (699 KB)

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Although the history of a university is not easily captured, it is valuable to us as a measure of our successes and failures, a chronicle and evaluation of what has gone before. This history is of special interest and inspiration as it traces the story of one of the most significant chapters in the development of higher education in the United States.

Professor Isbell unfolds an inspiring story. Thousands of graduates of Eastern Michigan University have carried into schools and colleges over the entire country the idea of their University. They have influenced the minds of legions of young people and their professional colleagues. Thus, much that has happened in the last 120 years is now playing a part in shaping the course of American education.

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Education | History

A History of Eastern Michigan University: 1849-1965

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